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Water Investment Opportunity


As the world grows more complex the simplest investments can be the best.

Not much can be simpler than food, shelter and water.  This is why our sites have long looked at the benefits of investing in water and why at the International Club Retreat we’ll look at the potential available in owning a North Carolina spring water company.

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Image from circleofblue.org article “Price of Water 2015: Up 6 Percent in 30 Major U.S. Cities; 41 Percent Rise Since 2010” (1).

When Merri and I began looking for land with two goals, having an altitude (to avoid air conditioning in summer and mosquitoes anytime) and having an abundance of water. We certainly attained both at Merrily Farms.

Owning water makes sense.  We, humanity, are too many.  We are too dirty. Our water is too little.

One way is to own land with water. That’s why Merri and I decided to go to the source and buy land with natural springs .

Each of our houses on the farm has its own gravity fed water supply from one of four separate springs. There are dozens of other springs on the land plus three rushing creeks.

This is one way we invest in water. But where else can we invest?  This is a tricky question for me as I lack experience in the water industry.

However, I recently came across a North Carolina spring water company for sale.  The owner will be at our upcoming retreat this August so we can look at the potential of this opportunity.

Here are a few other thoughts. Look at any industry that deals in water filtering or purification. Companies that build desalination plants would make sense and of course the bottlers of water.

There are numerous problems in the world’s water supply that create opportunity.  One problem is pollution in the water.  Another is not enough fresh water for drinking, cleaning and irrigation.  Another problem is not enough of the right types of water in the right place.

Each of us has a unique perspective that can help us spot unique situations take almonds as an example.  Almonds require enormous amounts of irrigation.  This has caused the price of almonds to rise.  Someone in the food industry might notice an alternative to almonds.  That would be a unique way to spot an opportunity ultimately created by the rising costs of water.

To invest in water was good advice when we began writing about water investments more than a decade ago.  To invest in water is even better advice now.

Much of America’s water infrastructure was built after WW II.  That system, thousands of miles of distribution pipes beneath city streets, the lengthy water transport and treatment infrastructure are now cracked or brittle.  It is time to rebuild and the price will not be cheap.  The economic of treatment, pumping, and supply is rising far faster than inflation.  The average monthly cost of water for a family using 100 gallons per person per day rose six percent last year compared to a 1.8% rise in the Consumer Price Index including food and energy which fell by 0.1 percent.

“We expect water rates to continue to grow above inflation for some time. We don’t see an end in sight.”  –Andrew Ward, Director of U.S. Public Finance Fitch Ratings.

Merri and I have invested in water in numerous ways.

First, we have purchased land with water in Smalltown USA and Ecuador.

Good water was a main prerequisite when we searched for our Smalltown USA farm.

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Little Horse Creek on our farm.

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Mossy Creek on our farm.

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A sacred spring called the Indian Trough is a historical site on our farm and along with dozens of other springs  is our source of water… for drinking.

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Water flowing from the sacred Indian Trough Spring.

The spring feeds our deep woods, Ofuru, our pond and helps fill the creek.

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Merrily Farms Ofuru… we soak at 107 degrees.

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Our pond at Merrily Farms.

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Our home in Lake County, Florida is surrounded by water.

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This is our Florida back yard.

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Ecuador shaman at one of the numerous water falls at our Ecuadorian Hacienda, Rosaspamba.

In a world where very few things seem transparent, one fact is clear.  If you heed the mathematics of good value, investing in water, especially clear water is a no-brainer in the long term.

I consider the opportunity of owning a spring  water company unique and look forward to learning about it at our International Club Retreat this August 12, 13, 14.  Hope you will join us.

Gary

(1) www.circleofblue.org Price of Water Up

The Essence of Real Security

How to Have Peace & Profit in 2019

There are still ways to reduce stress.

Prolonged exposure to stress is the # 1 root of death and disease in our modern world.

Stress can ruin your health and wealth… in many ways.

Daily stress has been magnified because we no control, no way out of the current global political and economic mess.  The news makes current problems feel like things are getting worse.

This downwards spiral leads to health problems, heart disease, hypertension, impaired immune function, infertility, and mental illness.

The health problems lead to economic problems from loss of income, poor investment decisions and high disease management costs.

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Yet there is a way back.

I was reminded of this once when I made a horrible mistake.

The supposed error?  Letting my mind wander six decades back to an hour I spent with a girl.

Learn from this near disaster, seven most powerful sources of wealth, health, security and fulfillment in this era.

The girl was pretty and blond.  Terry was her name. My imagination spanned decades returning to my Oregon roots seeing her as if she were there.

We were 11 or 12 and had known each other since we started Rockwood grade school.  Just buddies, our non-romantic friendship lasted 12 years, from first grade till high school’s end.  Then she went off to Pepperdine College in California.  I started traveling the world.  Never saw her again.  I hope her life has gone well.  But until that reflection I’d never thought much of Terry in so many years.

What could have been the tragic error was letting that memory touch my heart.  Two kids, walking on a crisp, Pacific Northwest autumnal afternoon.

We walked down a sun filled, pine needle covered, dirt path.  Huge, fat, green Douglas firs lined the road.  Traffic was no problem, not many cars.  Crossing Stark Street we turned left, hiking three blocks to 182nd.  There we passed an old clapboard candy store.  I can still hear the wooden sidewalk of that store slap beneath my feet, felt the soggy planks sag and smelled astringent pitch from the fir trees.  Then we turned right, up 182nd for about a mile.  There was Terry’s house.

I carried on, walking through a big field, waist high grass turned straw brown by an early frost.  There were dozens of paths made by who knows what.  Animals perhaps or countless generations of other kids walking home alone from school.  I chose one following it to another wood of tall, rough-barked fir.  Crossing one more field, I climbed a rock wall, struggled through a barbed wire fence (my Mom hated that fence ripping my jeans).  I was home!

Sweet simplicity, that dream.  Two kids holding hands, walking on a dirt trail under a crisp, but blue, sunny sky.  Pure innocence.

My tragic error was looking back.  I returned to Rockwood, Oregon with Merri and my kids to show them this part of their roots.  Following the route, Terry and I had walked were the candy store, grange hall, old wooden buildings and their home spun honesty and charm.

Instead we found six lanes of fast, frantic traffic and road rage.  McDonalds, KFC, strip shopping centers.  The car radio blared warnings of local gangs and drive-by-shootings.

Beauty, innocence, sweet simplicity, replaced by drive ins and drive bys.  Gangs and drive-by shootings replacing a tender walk in the sun.

Good bye memories, good bye.

How can our kids walk in places like this?  How can we return to those old feeling of security and comfort?

How can any of us possibly keep pace in this world that’s moving so fast?

Then something inside snapped.

“There has to be an answer for honest, hard working folks to enjoy the wonderful opportunities of today and regain what we’ve lost over the past forty years”, I swore to myself.

How can we keep up, without having such a fast paced life we turn into machines?  Where do we find time for God, family, charity, and our friends?  How can we rediscover those sun filled, pine needle covered, dirt paths we want to walk?

“There has to be places that are still innocent and pure”, I thought.  “There has to be a way of life that does not pound us with stress”.

This thinking led me to begin reviewing the thousands of economic and business experiences I have shared with readers over the decades.

This started a search for a simpler way of life and a better place to earn and protect our wealth.

By digging, asking and observing, traveling and talking to investors and investment managers all over the world I found that there are true paths to real security in the here and now.  That knowledge helped me develop courses on how to have natural health, everlasting wealth and purposeful investments.

This knowledge helped Merri and me invest in stocks and real estate all over the world.  It helped us find and develop our farms in North Carolina and Florida into sanctuaries.

That almost error led us to create an entire portfolio of information on how to keep pace, get ahead, enjoy our modern society but, to enjoy life wherever you choose without having to move too fast.

This is why I am making a special “Let’s get our lives back” offer.

“What would you think in the last 30 seconds of your life if you were the richest man in the world but were unhappy?”

This quote is from the opening slide of our Value Investing Seminar, “How to Secure Your Future With a Value Breakout Plan”.   This a vital question because few investors think about the value of comfort and happiness.  Yet the truth is, those who are comfortable and happy with their investments are most likely to succeed financially.

Without comfort, no matter how much money a person has, they are more likely to lose it or kill themselves with stress from worry.

There is a way to have the perfect form of financial security.

Let’s call it the perfect pension.  To help understand how to build an unshakable economic platform, here is Part One of the report, The Pruppie Factor.

The Pruppie Factor – Seven Steps to Comfortable Living & Profits.

“May you live in interesting times”.  That’s a Chinese curse that seems to have been cast on our modern world.  We can enjoy comfort and profits in the year ahead despite this fact.

Become a Pruppie.  Integrate your earning with your investing and enjoy peak living, everlasting wealth and natural health with PIEC Investing in the year ahead.

Before we look at what PIEC means, let’s delve into Pruppieism, the new economic and social realism.  Pruppies expect everything to expand.  They take advantage of every new benefit and technology they can.  Pruppies enjoy using the fruits of our ancestor’s deliberations and labors to earn in this advanced technological world.  They also engage in activity that they love that would sustain them in case society and the incredibly intricate weave of our global economy and society should fail.

Pruppies are prepared in case everything, everywhere, or at least everything relating to their income and savings fails and the fabric that surrounds their lives disintegrates into an unknown veil.  Yet a Pruppie’s preparation is not a sacrifice, but a joy as you will see.

Hope springs eternal and it should.  One of the key themes in my first book, Passport to International Profit, (published in the 1970s) was “The Sun Always Shines Somewhere”.  This thought has been in and remains a foundation of everything I do.

Sometimes this sunshine is hard to see because the press always focuses on doom and gloom.  Current news often makes the world seem about to end.  We cannot blame the press. Bad news sells.  The majority seem to want to worry instead of learn about all that’s good.  This does not make doom and gloom right.  This is why the majority are also the rich portion of the population, but bad news is an economic fact for the press.

Yet despite all the negative headlines, we have lived through the Cold War and MAD, Y2K, GridX II, the Peak Oil Crisis, the recession of the 1970s, 1980s 2007, etc. etc. etc.  Chicken Little is always out there, selling the falling sky.  Don’t buy into this story!

History suggests that there will always be opportunity.  The sun always shines somewhere.

Brexit, global warming and the American political process are examples of how the press gravitates to negative news.   The press  make anything and just about everything seem negative.  This can blind us to the positive realities ahead, if we let it.

Don’t.

Expect that the world will remain standing and look for opportunity instead!

Our wealth and economic opportunity is pushed by supply and demand.  We are part of a growing global population.  New technology makes more people, as a whole, more productive every day.  The world has increasingly larger markets creating more supply in increasingly efficient ways.

This reality increases everyone’s wealth.  Yes there is a lot of bad news in many places.  There is inequality.  There is crime.  There is war and hate and injustice.   Despite these negatives there is even more that is positive.  Opportunity grows.

Pruppies tap into and use every bit of the good news they can.  They have a plan B if everything goes wrong, but Plan B is based on something a Pruppie wants to do we love, not just a shelter from bad news.

At the end of this report, you’ll find a special offer that can help you integrate earning and investing for the ultimate form of profit and safety.

Imagine this example of Pruppism.  The Tiffany lamp casts an amber glow, rich, ivory and warm in the grey gloom of early dusk.  The gold knobbed mahogany desk, its deep patina waxed and smooth, shines with reflections of ancient leather Chesterfields stuffed full, but rumpled with age and of maritime shots that hang in brass frames on the wall. The room speaks of settled tradition, the kind that might never end.  But thoughts instead are on the demise of the business that has supported this room.

The late Jim Slater of Slater Walker, a British industrial conglomerate turned bank in the 1970s was in that room.  I recall his bank’s collapse well as I was living in Hong Kong and Slater Walker was a huge going concern in what was a British colony in those days.  The Slater Walker crash was big news that unsettled the entire British banking system at the time.

Slater, the founder, had been a really high roller, using every modern banking tactic available including buying many assets with cheap loans.  Then in the mid 1970s banking crisis interest rates skyrocketed and his bank was unable to refinance its debt.  The company failed and Slater had to resign.  Numerous charges were brought against him and he spent considerable time defending what he had done.

In the end he was only fined a nominal sum but despite this, his banking career was well and truly dead.

However he had already moved on.

He wrote about this in his autobiography, “Return To Go”.  He had always had a hobby making puppet shows and telling stories to his children, so instead of banking, he turned his passion into profit and wrote some children’s books.  His first effort sold a respectable 35,000 copies.  His next a monster series for younger children, became a huge hit.

He had also maintained a hobby of salmon fishing so again turned his passion into profit by creating a business that bought up fishing rights and resold them as time-shares.  He had quite a success.

Some day a catastrophe beyond our control could redirect the course of our lives.  We might lose a job, learn that our pension won’t pay or that our dollars won’t buy as much as they must.

Though Jim Slater was a banker, outside economic forces beyond his control caused his business disaster.  Yet he had options because he had been doing things he loved that were not related to his banking, but could become useful income generators in difficult time.

I do not know if Slater understood Pruppism but that’s what he was practicing.

Pruppism is a positive realism based on the knowledge that much of our lives are directed by events that we do not know or expect and could not change them even if we did.  There is always something we do not know and that’s okay.

Years ago I was speaking at an investing seminar in Marbella Spain.  One of the speakers was a brilliant strategist, Johan Peter Paludan, of the Copenhagen Institute for Futures Studies.  This institute has a large interdisciplinary staff with expertise in economics, political science, ethnography, psychology, engineering, PR and sociology.  They identify and analyze global trends that influence the future.  Paludan was speaking of these trends and answering questions that delegates had about the world’s economic future.

One delegate asked what to do if there was a global nuclear exchange.  Paludan replied that the results of some events are so unpredictable that it is not worth trying to plan for them.

This thought has stuck with me for decades because it helped me realize that no matter how cautious, how defensive and careful we are, there are events that we cannot even imagine that can turn our lives upside down, for the good or bad.  With this in mind my wife Merri and I have created a lifestyle where we turn our passions into profit but in a way that whatever happens we are likely to be in a position to spot the positive and the opportunity.

A PIEC Experience

Pruppies gain the benefits of PIEC wealth.  PIEC is an acronym for “Personal Income Earning Corridor”.  PIEC income and wealth come from doing what you do for love, rather than just the money.

Traditionally people get jobs to create income.  They work to live and support their lifestyle while attempting to spend less than they earn.  They hope, that maybe the savings will bring, sometime in the future, a lifestyle of doing something enjoyable without work.

Pruppies reverse the priorities.  Instead of working for money to save and invest, they focus their prime effort on doing something they enjoy right now.  Then they learn how to enjoy the effort in some profitable way.  They learn to create “Avenues of Abundance” that combine lifestyle with the necessary task of accumulating wealth.

If economic circumstances tie them to an existing income effort, they create hobbies that are income producers of the future.

For example, if a Pruppie loves golf; instead of working six days a week, 50 weeks a year just to golf on Sundays and during short vacations, instead he or she will create a business in some aspect of the golfing trade.

In another example, a client of mine, who loved animals became a vet.  But he learned that the vet’s lifestyle was not one he enjoyed.  He wanted to travel and move around, which is difficult for a professional who needs to stay at his office and build a practice.  So he built a business that prepares special animal foods for race horses.  Now he travels globally visiting horse breeders and makes much more money as well.

Pruppies combine money with time, energy and desires.  They generate income doing something desired.  Desire and fulfillment become at least as, if not more, important as the money.

#1: Do What You Love!

The reason PIECs work well is that when we love to do something, we do it better, for longer and with greater enthusiasm.

Effort, determination and tenacity are wealth building attributes that cannot fail.  Yet Pruppism does not mean we should suddenly abandon our jobs and try becoming golf pros, when we have never been able to break 100.  Smart Pruppies start small and gradually expand into their passion.

For example, as a writer and lecturer, I was never fully satisfied sitting behind a desk or standing on a podium all day long, even though I was making over a million bucks a year. I’m the physical, outdoors type and yearned for exercise and the wilds of the deep woods. “What good’s the money if this isn’t fun?” I often asked myself.

Rather than quit writing and teaching, I looked for ways to combine these professions with the outdoor life.  Through research I learned that many city folk like myself yearn to be in the primitive outdoors.  So I bought an isolated farm high in the Blue Ridge Mountains and an Andean plantation high in Ecuador where I developed seminar centers with charming but simple dwellings, set in rustic surroundings, with clean water and pure air.  Now I live in nature so after I finish the writing or talking, I can walk in the woods or take my axe and chop firewood or something physical.  I’ve combined my writing with physical work and have blended the life I want, with my readers’ needs in a way that makes great financial sense.

We built a series of cabins in the wild that bring more profits than most stocks or bonds could ever return.

The process took six years to shift. Now we have been at this for nearly two decades and we are far from finished.  But while doing what we love, who cares? This is one of the great benefits of PIEC investing. We can slow down and enjoy the work instead of always rushing ahead, looking for something more.

Those who work nine to five can start PIEC businesses part time if they are too uneasy to quit their jobs. Others, who like myself, already have a business can slowly shift their product or service in a sensible way and let it evolve toward their PIEC.

But where do we start?

There is a seven step process we can all use whether we have our own careers, a business or even if we are retired (PIEC investing is especially good for retired folks who have found the supposed good life flat or financially short).

The first step is to get a clear idea or vision of our dream.  This is sometimes harder to achieve than it seems.  We are so deluged with false ideals from Washington, Wall Street, Madison Avenue, etc. that we have to stop and really take stock.  What do we sincerely want?

There is a very practical economic reason to look inwards for wealth.  Warren Buffet recommends that we only invest in what we understand. What can we understand better than ourselves?

This inner search will lead us to an ideal that begins the second step which is gaining enthusiasm.  How can we be anything but enthusiastic about finally fulfilling our deepest dreams?  The enthusiasm leads to the third step; gaining an education.

We need to find out everything we can about our idea.  To succeed we must take the third step and become real experts in the product or service we offer.

Fourth, this educational process allows us to develop an intelligent, focused business plan we can act upon and the action is the fifth step which brings us the experience. Experience gives us the sixth step, a financial loss or profit.  We always profit in increased knowledge which creates the seventh step, more ideas.

Then the entire cycle starts all over again: Idea, Enthusiasm, Education, Action, Experience, Financial Profit and New Ideas.

This is a way to keep adding new opportunities into our lives.  Business is rarely static. It is an ever evolving process instead.

This seven step cycle may take days, weeks, months or years, but the moment you begin you’ll start moving into an avenue of affluence where you love your work so though money isn’t your main goal it comes more easily.

#2: Do what you love, but also be of service.  Do something for others that is meaningful and important to you.

We all have a purpose in life and when we are filling it, we feel fulfilled.  Wealth and fulfillment is the goal.  Fulfillment is important because of the law of diminishing returns.  A 2008 study that analyzed Gallup surveys of 450,000 Americans suggested that day-to-day contentment improves until income hits around $75,000 per annum.  After that, more money just brings more stuff, with far less gain in happiness.  Income beyond $75,000 does not do much for a person’s daily mood.

This is a pretty general study and regional differences in costs, inflation and life circumstances will create many fluctuations from this norm, but the point is when money is the main goal, the better you get, the harder it will be to gain satisfaction.

Giving, on the other hand, never has limitations, especially when the giving helps complete a purpose that is part of our destiny.

This is true in business and investing.  A study of investors for example found that investors with socially responsible ideals gained the best returns.  A dual goal of profit and achieving some social benefit provides a purpose beyond returns.  This brings comfort and determination to the investments and the added stick-to-it-ness helps increase profits.

The study helped define three aspects of investing that are generally ignored, purpose and habits.

Purpose.  Purpose requires some soul-searching questions about what we each want our life to be.  This purpose is more important than the investment goal.  The purpose of the money we have becomes more important than the amount in the portfolio.

Habits.  Habits come next because we need to create habits and routines that keep us on the path of our unique purpose.  The marketplace does all it can to distract us from our goals.  There is an endless stream of news, rumor, conjecture, facts figures, ideas and tactics generated by every part of every stock market aimed at getting us to act in ways that benefit the agenda of others.

Good habits help us avoid being distracted from what we are meant and want to do.  Good habits muffle the noise of Madison Avenue, the spin from Washington DC and the hidden agendas of big business.  These are among the most powerful ways to increase wealth.  Having greater fulfillment as well as more wealth is a bonus that Pruppies call “Everlasting Wealth”.

#3: Integrate your earning and investing. 

Long term success in business and investing are determined by control and comfort.

Comfort comes from feeling in control, but since there is always something we do not know, real comfort comes from knowing that we are serving a valuable purpose, the best we can, regardless of how events unfold.

Real comfort helps maintain determination, dedication and enthusiasm, all among the most vital parts in the process of succeeding in investing and business.

Our own business increases comfort because a business is simply an investment that gives us more control due to the addition of our own time and energy. 

A Personal Income Earning Corridor (PIEC) begin with a main income generator that we control.  For some this is a job with a salary.  For others it is a pension. For many it is their own business using the concepts of SNAP (Small Niche Area Publishing).

Here’s why self publishing offers such great potential.

Sam Walton… or is it Warren Buffet?  Self publishing is based on three cherished beliefs that two of the wealthiest people in the world, Sam Walton and Warren Buffet, shared.

Buffet and Walton shared several cherished business beliefs that you can gain from a special writing and publishing business that is at its very beginning stage.

Cherished Belief #1:  Small is Beautiful.  Both Sam Walton (Bentonville, Arkansas) and Warren Buffet (Omaha, Nebraska) chose America’s heartland away from the big cities as their homes.  What’s more, Walton chose to do business in these small places as well… building the largest retail operation in the world almost entirely in small towns.

Warren Buffet believes that potential in small towns offers special value.  He believes this so strongly that he has been buying newspapers in small towns.

Over the last few years Berkshire Hathaway purchased 63 small and mid-sized daily and weekly newspapers throughout the United States.

He plans to buy more and says: “I like buying individual papers at the right prices.” 

Buffet stated that Berkshire is not buying big newspapers or more newspaper shares. He is sticking with small publications because he believes in the value of local communities.

Cherished Belief #2:  Community Orientation.

Buffet is not buying big publications but is grabbing up small community focused publications.

His bet is that publications focused on local communities can withstand the shift of readers and advertisers to the Internet.

The individual papers can be really small as 10,000 circulation with tiny staffs.

He said no one has stopped reading “half-way through a story that was about them or their neighbors.”

He also noted, “Berkshire buys for keeps. I’d rather buy newspapers myself directly,” and is seeking papers that publish in cities and towns with a “Sense of  Community.”

From this vision WalMart remains committed not just to expanding the businesses but to improving the communities.

You can enjoy all these benefits through Self publishingbecause small communities can be places, ideas or ideas within places.

The factors that makes publications like this successful are its common interests.  Common interest can be focused on a geographical area or a niche idea that targets a niche of a larger market.  For example, the market for truckers is quite large, but trackers that look after their health is a much smaller niche.  One benefit of SNAP publishing is it surrounds you with people who have a common interest, so your readers are like-minded souls.

Cherished Belief #3:  Seek Good Value.

Sam Walton built one of the largest fortunes in the world… with the simple goals of providing great value and great customer service.  Warren Buffett’s belief is that the essence of value investing is buying stocks at less than their intrinsic value.  The discount is called the “Margin of Safety”.

Both Buffet and Walton shared a vision that small towns ignored by the mainstream offered good value.  You can tap into extra profit potential as a SNAP publisher who helps a small community.

Knowing BOTH successful niche magazine publishers and internet marketing geniuses is important for a reason that Buffet outlined to his publishers when he purchased their papers.  Buffet believes that small newspapers will change and that they serve an important purpose.  He said, “Papers must rethink the industry’s initial response to the Internet as focus on continuing to maintain a strong sense of community“.

His bet is that publications focused on local communities can withstand the shift of readers and advertisers to the Internet.  Buffet has said that giving news away free online is “unsustainable” and has sought papers that publish in cities and towns with a “sense of community.

We have never seen this need for a sense of community as we do know because community creates trust.  As the world has expanded on big is better, the public has lost trust.  We no longer trust big business, big government, big hospitals, big banks, etc.  Yet publications offer nothing if they do not have the reader’s trust.  Internet publishing on the big scale has reduced trust.  Anyone can say anything on the internet and thus internet information is highly suspect.  Publishers who use a small niche to create trust have an advantage.

To begin this introduction let me add one more point and outline the value of what I am about to offer.  A SNAP publication may eventually require $5,000, $10,000 or even $15,000 in start up costs but can make up to $11,835 a month… or more.  That’s value… plain and simple.

Join The International Club for all of 2018 NOW.  Learn how to wrote and publish.  Save $418.78.

Club members start by receiving seven workshops and courses on how to earn everywhere with home micro businesses.  We call this our “Live Well and Free Anywhere Program”.   The program contains a series of courses and reports that show ways to earn and be free. These courses and reports are:

  • The course “Self Fulfilled – How to Write to Self Publish”
  • The course “Event-Full – How to Earn Conducting Seminars and Tours”
  • The course “International Business Made EZ”
  • Video Workshop by our webmaster David Cross
  • The entire weekend “Writer’s Camp” in MP3
  • The report “How to Raise Money Abroad”
  • Report and MP3 Workshop “How to Gain Added Success With Relaxed Concentration”

Club members also learn ways to be be healthier and have more energy.   I have created three natural health reports about:

#1: Nutrition

#2: Purification

#3: Exercise

Recent news about Social Security, pensions and health care shows that the US government has excessive debt today and that we as individuals need tactics to make sure, when governments, pensions and insurers weasel out of their promises, that we can take care of ourselves.

One big broken promise is Social Security and Medicare.  The most recent Social Security trustee report shows that the programs will begin to spend more than they earn within just three or four years.   The Medicare hospital-insurance trust fund, could use all its reserves by 2028.  They face insolvency over the next 20 years because Social Security runs totally out of money by 2034.

My three natural health reports help learn ways to be happier, healthier and avoid much of the Western disease management (aka healthcare) expense.

Each report is available for $19.95.  However you’ll receive all three FREE as club member and save $59.85.

Next, club members participate in an intensive program called the Purposeful Investing Course (Pi).  The purpose of Pi is finding value investments that increase safety and profit.  Learn Slow, Worry Free, Good Value Investing.

Stress, worry and fear are three of an investor’s worst enemies.  These destroyers of wealth can create a Behavior Gap, that causes investors to underperform in any market good or bad. The behavior gap is created by natural human responses to fear.  Pi helps create profitable strategies that avoid losses from this gap.

Lessons from Pi are based on the creation and management of numerous Model Portfolios, called Pifolio.

We combine the research of several brilliant mathematicians and money managers with my years of investing experience.

There are no secrets about this portfolio except that these mathematicians ignore the stories from economic news (often created by someone with vested interests) and is based mainly on good math that reveals the truth through financial news.

The Pifolio is a theoretical portfolio of MSCI Country Benchmark Index ETFs that cover all the good value markets using my 50 years of global experience and my study of the analysis of four mathematical investing geniuses (and friends).

This is a complete and continual study of what to do about the movement of international major and emerging stock markets.  I want to share this study throughout the next year with you.

This analysis forms the basis of a Good Value Stock Market Strategy.  The analysis is rational, mathematical and does not worry about short term ups and downs.  This strategy is easy for anyone to follow and use.  Pi reveals the best value markets and provides contacts to managers and analysts and Country Index ETFs so almost anyone can create and follow their own strategy.

The costs are low and this type of ETF is one of the hardest for institutions to cheat.  Expense ratios for most ETFs are lower than those of the average mutual fund.  Little knowledge, time, management or guesswork are required.  The investment is simply a diversified portfolio of good value indices.  Investments in an index are like investments in all the shares of a good value market.

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Spring 2014 Multi Currency Investment Value Updates for Subscribers Only


Spring 2014 Multi Currency Investment Value Updates

As a Multi Currency Report subscriber you can now access the 52 page Spring 2014 Keppler Emerging Market Value Analysis Update is available at the password protected Gary Scott club site:

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Learn how to improve the safety of your savings and investments by selecting good value and diversified investments in a multi-currency portfolio.

Few decisions are as important to your wealth as the value of the markets and currencies you invest in.  This has been our area of expertise since the 1970s and we have worked with and advised some of the largest currency traders in the world.

Gain Protection First – Against the Dollar’s Purchasing Power Loss.  In 1913 the The Federal Reserve Act created the Federal Reserve Bank to protect the purchasing power of the US dollar, which has since lost about 94% of its purchasing power.  Here is its price compared with gold since 1900.

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Dollar chart from pricedingold.com (1)

The Fed has let the dollar lose most of its strength plus has allowed interest rates to fall so low, that safe investments cannot keep pace with the drop in purchasing power.

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Chart from Grandfather Economic Report (2)

Many investors have forgotten about the risk of a falling dollar because the greenback has been strong for the past five years.  This temporary dollar strength came after the great recession of 2009 just as there was temporary dollar strength after the great recession of the 1980s.  Then about six years after the recession, an agreement was made by major governments to weaken the dollar.

There was a severe global economic recession affecting much of the developed world in the late 1970s and early 1980s.  The United States and Japan exited the recession relatively early, but high unemployment would continue to affect Europe and the UK through to at least 1985.  As a consequence between 1980 and 1985, the US dollar had appreciated by about 50% against the Japanese yen, Deutsche mark, French franc and British pound, the currencies of the next four biggest economies at the time. Then the governments reached an agreement and exchange rate values of the dollar versus the yen declined by 51% from 1985 to 1987.

Now the world is again in the same place.  The recession is over.  Europe is a bit behind in recovery and the dollar is higher than before the recession.

There is no reason for the greenback to be  strong.

The agreement in 1985 was called the Plaza Accord.   Over just two years the greenback dropped nearly 50% versus other major currencies.  The next accord will generate great profits for those who know what to do while it ruins the purchasing power of dollar back investments.

The strong US dollar and low interest rates have created one of the biggest stock and multi currency breakout opportunities in history.  Learn how to create a plan to profit from multi currency shifts ahead.

One reason for the potential gains is that stock markets and currency values are cyclical.  Due to low interest rates created by the 2009 economic downturn, the US and a few other equity markets have risen to some of their highest prices, ever.  These markets offer very poor value now.  The steep valuation creates incredible profit potential but also hides some enormous risks.  Learn how to develop an investing strategy based of earnings, cash flows, dividends and book values to increase potential for profit and reduce the risks.

Next Extra Profit Created by Value Breakouts

Over the history of US equity markets, the  price of overall markets have risen about 9.1 percent, respectively, compounded annually.  Yet over more than a hundred years of stock market activity,  a majority of the profits have come from just a very few dramatic breakouts.

Equity markets are ruled in the short term by emotions that create unpredictable ups and downs.  Numerous fears of defaults, worries of double dip recessions, high unemployment, concerns about fiscal cliffs, hold investors back.  Yet global population growth and advances in production and prosperity are relentless economic fundamentals that increase value.

When fear holds back a a fundamentally rising value, rising profit potential grows.  Values increase as prices stagnate.  Then markets break free and rocket upwards creating wealth, prosperity and growth.

Find out which breakouts are likely to take place next.

Stocks rise from the cycle of war, productivity and demographics. Cycles create recurring profits. Economies and stock markets cycle up and down around every 15 years as shown in this graph.

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The effect of war cycles on the US Stock Market since 1906.

Bull and bear cycles are based on cycles of human interaction, war, technology and productivity.  Economic downturns create war.

Here is the war stock cycle.  Military struggles (like the Civil War, WWI, WWII and the Cold War: WWIII) super charge inventiveness that creates new forms of productivity…the steam engine, the internal combustion engine,  production line processes, jet engines, TV, farming techniques, plastics, telephone, computer and lastly during the Cold War, the internet.  The military technology shifts to domestic use.  A boom is created that leads to excess.  Excess leads to correction. Correction creates an economic downturn and again to war.

Learn how the Cyber War (WWIV) may change the way we live and act and how this will affect currencies and investments.

Learn:

* How to easily buy global currencies, shares and bonds.

* Trading down and the benefits of investing in real estate in Small Town USA.  We will share why this breakout value is special and why we have been recommending good value real estate in this area since 2009.

* What’s up with gold and silver?  One session looks at my current position on gold and silver and asset protection.  We review the state of the precious metal markets and potential problems ahead for US dollars.  Learn how low interest rates eliminate  opportunity costs of diversification in precious metals and foreign currencies.

* How to improve safety and increase profit with leverage and staying power.  The seminar reveals Warren Buffett’s value investing strategy from research published at Yale University’s website.  This research shows that the stocks Buffet chooses are safe (with low beta and low volatility), cheap (value stocks with low price-to-book ratios), and high quality (stocks of companies that are profitable, stable, growing, and with high payout ratios), but his big, extra profits come from leverage and staying power.  At times Buffet’s portfolio, as all value portfolios, has fallen, but he has been willing and able to wait long periods for the value to reveal itself and prices to recover.

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This chart based on a 45 year portfolio study shows that holding a diversified good value portfolio (based on a  good value strategy) for 13 month’s time, increases the probability of outperformance to 70%.  However those who can hold the portfolio for five years gain a 88% probability of beating the bellwether in the market and after ten years the probability increases to 97.5%.

Time is your friend when you use a good value strategy.  The longer you can hold onto a well balanced good value portfolio, the better the odds of outstanding success.

Learn how much leverage to use.  Leverage is like medicine, the key is dose.  Buffett leverages his portfolio at a ratio of approximately 1.6 to 1.  This rate of expansion by the way is called the “Golden Ratio”.  It is a mathematical formula that controls the growth of most natural things; trees, the shape of leaves, the spiral of shells, as well as the way economies and societies grow.

We’ll sum the strategy, how to leverage cheap, safe, quality stocks and for what period of time based on your circumstances.

Learn to plan in a way so you never run out of money.  The seminar also has a session on the importance of having and sticking to a plan.  See how success is dependent on conviction, wherewithal, and skill to operate with leverage and significant risk.  Learn a three point strategy based on my 50 (almost) years of investing experience combined with wisdom gained from some of the world’s best investment managers and economic mathematical scientists.

Enjoy investing more with slow, worry free, good value investing.  Stress, worry and fear are three of an investor’s worst enemies.  These are major foundations of the Behavior Gap, a trait exhibited by most investors, that causes them to underperform any market they choose.  The behavior gap is created by natural human responses to fear.  The losses created by this gap grow when investors trade short term under stress.

Learn how to put meaning into your investing by creating profitable strategies that combine good value investments with unique, personal goals.

Learn how to span the behavior gap.  Behavior gaps are among the biggest reasons why so many investors fail.  Human evolution makes fear the second most powerful motivator.  (Greed is the third.)  Fear creates investment losses due to behavior gaps.  Fear motivates us more strongly than desire.  By nature investors are risk adverse, when they should embrace risk.  Purpose is the most powerful motivator,  stronger than fear and greed.  One powerful way to overcome the behavior gap is to invest with a purpose.

Combine your needs and capabilities with the secrets and the math of our good value model portfolio.

Share ideas about my good value portfolio.  My personal investment portfolio comes from a continual analysis of international stock markets and a comparison of their value based on current book to price, cash flow to price, earnings to price, average dividend yield, return on equity and cash flow return.

Markets included in this portfolio are:

• Norway
• Australia
• Hong Kong
• Japan
• Singapore
• United Kingdom
• Taiwan
• South Korea
• China

These markets have been chosen based on four pillars of valuation.

• Absolute Valuation
• Relative Valuation
• Current versus Historic Valuation
• Current Relative versus Relative Historic Valuation

Learn how to use Country ETFs to easily construct a diversified, risk-controlled, equally weighted representative country portfolios in all of these good value countries.

To achieve this goal my portfolio consists of Country Index ETFs that track an index of shares in a specific country.  These country ETFs provide diversification into a basket of equities in the good value countries.  The expense ratios for most ETFs are lower than those of the average mutual fund as well so such ETFs provide diversification and cost efficiency.

This is an easy, simple and effective approach to zeroing in on value because little management and guesswork is required.  You are investing in a diversified portfolio of good value indices.  A BUY rating for an index does NOT imply that any stock in that country is an attractive investment, so you do not have to pick and choose shares.  You can invest in the index which is like investing in all the shares in the index.  All you have to do is invest in an ETF that in turn invests passively in all the shares of the index.

Learn the results of a $80,000 share purchase cost test that found the least expensive way to invest in good value.  The keys to this portfolio are good value, low cost, minimal fuss and bother.  Plus a great savings of time.  Trading is minimal, usually not more than one or two shares are bought or sold in a year.  I wanted to find the very least expensive way to create and hold this portfolio so I performed a test.

The Test for Low Cost Trading

Research put every part of this portfolio in place, except knowing the best, easiest and least expensive way to buy.  A search for an optimal way to buy and hold boiled down to two methods.  One tactic to test was to use a unique online broker that appeared to offer the lowest cost deal.  The other approach was to use a community bank in Smalltown USA.  The small town bank that I use looks after my 401K trust account and their service is first class.  The benefit of small banks is that they still treat us as a human beings (instead of a number) and when we need, it’s easy to go right to the top to answer a question or get a problem resolved.  There are no call centers and the bank and the person looking after my account is just around the corner.

I created a test to see which offered the least expensive service.

Working with my banker in Smalltown USA,  I created two accounts, one at the online broker and the other at the bank. I placed $40,000 in each.

I set up the order for the country ETFs online, while my trust manager set up orders for the identical amounts of the same shares in his system.  Then we got on the phone, coordinated our timing and on a count of three each pushed the button “BUY”.

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(2) Grandfather Economic Report

 

Sandalwood Investing Updates


Sandalwood Investing Update on August 20, 2014.

We published our Sandalwood Investing report this last January when shares in the Sandalwood plantation company TFS Corp. (share symbol TFC) were selling at A$1.19. The shares yesterday passed A$2.15.

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See the updated TFS Corp. share chart here

TFS has announced that a Nestle owned company will buy $500 million worth of sandalwood oil from them.

An ABC.net article entitled “International dermatology company Galderma confirmed as multi million dollar buyer of sandalwood oil” (1) by Tyne McConnon says:  The world’s largest producer of Indian sandalwood says Nestle-owned company Galderma is the multi-million-dollar buyer of its oil.

Tropical Forestry Services (TFS) announced in March it had signed a deal expected to be worth half a billion dollars with a pharmaceutical company.

TFS has plantations in Western Australia, the Northern Territory and Queensland.
The company’s head of global products Mario Di Lallo says Galderma will use the oil in various products.

“Things like eczema creams, warts, acne, actinic keratosis, which are the pre-cancerous skin lesions that people go and get cut off and burnt off.

“Most things that afflict the skin.”

Mr Di Lallo confirms the deal to sell the sandalwood oil for US$4,500 per kilogram for up to 20 years.

See article here International dermatology company Galderma confirmed as multi million dollar buyer of sandalwood oil

Update March 7, 2014 Sandalwood Investing Report Updates. 

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TFS Corp share have risen 284% from June 2013 to June 2014. See the updated TFS Corp. share chart here

This post updates our continual review and research on sandalwood investments that we share with our readers of the Sandalwood Investing Report.

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* This sixth Sandalwood Investing Update on March 7, 2014 shows links to news about the potential for expansion of the market for TFS Corp. sandalwood oil.

The first news at www.kew.org says:  Sandalwood is undergoing clinical trials to investigate any medicinal properties.

Active compounds 

The active ingredients in sandalwood are santalols, which should make up about 90% of the oil. These compounds have anti-bacterial activity and recent research has shown that they might have some use in the treatment of skin cancer.

An Australian Stock Exchange release says Approval to initiate FDA phase 2 study for molluscum contagiosum.

TFS Corporation Limited (“TFS”, ASX: TFC) today announced that its pharmaceutical partner ViroXis has received Institutional Review Board (“IRB”) approval to initiate Federal Drug Administration (“FDA”) phase 2 study for the treatment of molluscum contagiosum (“MCV”) using TFS’s East Indian sandalwood oil (“EISO”).  IRB approval is a prerequisite to initiate clinical studies in the United States for prescription drugs.

MCV is a very prevalent and highly contagious pox virus skin infection for which there are currently no approved prescription treatments.

ViroXis’s CEO Ian Clements said, “This last step in the approval process clears the way for ViroXis toenter clinical trials for our second high value dermatology indication, following our first phase 2 indication with the human papilloma virus (HPV or common warts). This validates our strategy todevelop a portfolio of TFS EISO – based topical anti – viral prescription products.”

Frank Wilson, CEO of TFS, said. “This is another important milestone in the development of a global market for TFS’s pharmaceutical grade EISO in the dermatology sector.

It builds on the exclusive supply agreement with a leading global dermatology company (announced on 26 February 2014) for over the counter dermatology products, which are expected to launch in the United States later this year.

We are excited by the prospect of TFS EISO becoming a core ingredient in a suite of over the counter and prescription dermatology products with a strong pipeline of new products being developed with our pharmaceutical partners ViroXis and Santalis.”

An article at www.businesswire.com says about San Antonio Private Company Santalis Pharmaceuticals Inc: Santalis Pharmaceuticals Signs Exclusive License Agreement with Global Pharmaceutical Company to Commercialize OTC Dermatology Products.

Santalis Pharmaceuticals Inc., a joint venture with TFS Corporation Ltd., of Australia (ASX: TFC) is pleased to report the execution of an exclusive license agreement with a global pharmaceutical company for the marketing of a number of over-the-counter (OTC) dermatology products containing TFS’ sustainably cultivated, pharmaceutical-grade East Indian Sandalwood Oil (EISO).

The pharmaceutical partner is exclusively dedicated to dermatology and is a world leader in dermatology products with an extensive product portfolio available in 80 countries. The long-term license agreement provides for upfront and milestone payments and royalties based on product sales. The license agreement anticipates worldwide commercialization of the OTC products, with an initial product launch in the U.S. anticipated at the end of 2014.

In addition to its OTC products, Santalis is developing a range of prescription drug candidates. The company’s first prescription drug candidate, a topical formulation of EISO to treat pediatric eczema, is expected to enter the clinic in the US in early 2015.

See more TFS Corp. news including a new big investor of 67 million dollars in Australian Stock Exchange (ASX) reports .

Regarding the news that TFS corps. 50-50 venture Santalis signed agreement with big phrama company,  I am a little disturbed that I cannot find anywhere who the 50/50 partner is or who the big pharma company is.  See more about this arrangement at au.news.yahoo.com

* This fifth Sandalwood Investing Update on March 7, 2014 shows data that explains why TFS Corp could earn as much as 2.36 billion dollars in the next ten years.

Our Sandalwood Investing Report was published January 26, 2014.  The price of the TFS sandalwood shares we had researched and written about were A$1.19.  Yesterday when I researched this post the share price was A$1.71.

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Yesterday’s TFS Corp. share chart from Australian stock exchange.

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This chart from analysis of TFS Corp. business potential shows that earnings in Australian dollar earnings over the next decade could reach 2.296 billion .

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* The fourth Sandalwood Investing Update on February 12, 2014 comes from a middle manager in the forestry business who manages a plantation near the TFS Corp. plantations. 

Using the seven steps away idea,  I began asking family in Australia if they knew anyone in the forestry business.

I was able to connect in only three steps.   #1: Our son in law contacted a friend who has been working in the forestry industry for years.

#2: The friend explained that one of the main drivers for TFS Corp. and other plantation investment companies is tax minimization.  To encourage investment in industries like this, the Australian government runs a scheme that lets investors write off their initial investment as a tax loss, and only taxes them on the profits/dividends they make 10-15 years when the plantations mature.

So it’s a tax wise investment for people in their fifties.  They get the write-off while they are high-earners. Then they take the profits during retirement, when their tax bracket is lower.  Australia did not use to have personal pension plans, so this was an alternative.

He said the main problem with a lot of other plantation investment/tax schemes like this is that they were managed with a focus on finance and marketing, rather than a focus on the technicalities of forestry/production. The underlying quality of the plantations were not very good.

However, he didn’t know if this was the case with TFS.  He said it’s entirely possible that even as an investment scheme, their plantations are technically well-managed.

He thought it was a good sign that they’ve planted Indian sandalwood trees, instead of the lower-value Australian sandalwood trees.

He said that the entire industry has gone through tough times, and a number of timber plantation companies went into liquidation a few years ago.

He said that TFS received a big investment from the Middle East at just the right time to keep it going, which is why it’s probably still quite stable.

He said a former colleague of his was much more familiar with the technical side of the TFS Corp. plantations and left a voicemail message for him while I was there.

I  obtain this friend’s number and called him.  He kindly gave me 30 minutes of his time on the phone and we spoke about the technical side of the forestry business.

This plantation manager operates very near the TFS Corp. plantations and he knows several of the plantation managers who run the TFS Corp. plantations.   He says they are very competent people.

He explained that sandalwood is very hard tree to grow as it is a parasite. The mangers not only have to grow sandalwood but also have to nurture the host tree.

He said sandalwood is a sensitive tree and that pesticides and herbicides cannot be sprayed directly on the tree. The weeds have to be pushed aside by hand so they can be sprayed.  The high labor costs in Australia mean that the sandalwood plantations are very expensive to operate.

He said that the TFS people were disappointed with their first harvest but are continually learning.  An example he gave me was that when they first pruned the sandalwood the trees weeped a lot more oil than they expected.  They learned to prune the trees earlier and this seems to have solved this problem.

He was not aware of Spike disease or any other such problems.   He pointed out that usually trees usually grow better in a country away from their original habitat, in part because native disease is missing.

He felt the company was well managed but that the shares having spiked after the first harvest might drop and that investors would have a better feel of success in six months or so.

This has been good advice as the share price has dropped from A$1.20 to A$1.10 in the first month since the research in this  report month.

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See updated www.finance.yahoo.com.au TFS chart

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* The third Sandalwood Investing Update comes from the Australian analyst who provided the October research.

As mentioned, this is the only analyst we have found who has visited the plantation and issued a report on the shares of TFS Corp.  Due to security regulations in Australia e could not report direct to me so I posed the questions to our bankers who passed the questions onto the analyst.

Our Banker wrote: I have studied your report on TFS Corp and wondered if you have a feel for the integrity of management and the technical expertise following your site visit?  In particular:-

Q:   are there any conflicts of interest you can see in the way that the business is run for both owned and managed woodland?

A:  Yes! This conflict is now coming to a head as CY14 will be the first time the company has harvested and sold a MIS planting.  As you can see from any of the MIS product disclosure statements, TFC is obliged to get the best possible price for MIS investors, but the company also wants to be able to buy the wood for as low a price as possible and then achieve a margin by further processing (converting to oil, beads, etc). It is also interesting to note TFC has the right to match the terms of purchase offered by any third party. I do not know exactly what the company plans, but I would envisage a scenario whereby TFC holds some sort of open tender process, possibly even a live auction at Kununurra, so it can be clearly seen to get the best price possible. Anyhow, even in a ‘worse case’ outcome for TFC where public sale prices are too high for it to make any margin by further processing, this will still be positive in that it will likely encourage new MIS investment and also underpin the value of TFC’s owned plantations

Q: Are there any previous management issues?

A: This is a difficult question in that the company has had to deal with the implosion of the MIS sector and associated negatives regards management credibility. The most notable negative was board turnover during CY12 and shareholder push to replace Frank, etc. See the shareholder notice of 20 Dec 2012 for background. My perspective on management is that Frank Wilson started TFC, has spent +15 years driving it and owns 44m shares (~16%) and so is highly motivated to achieve maximum shareholder value. Regards the issue of board independence, that is now a moot; my somewhat cynical perspective (having been a small-cap specialist for 15 years) is that for a small company the competence of the CEO is everything and a rising share price overcomes any investor qualms (see Rupert Murdoch, Frank Lowy as key examples)!

Q: Are there issues or conflicts relating to the marketing of tax favoured schemes involving hardwood and the management of the business for profit?

A:  The question of tax deductibility of agricultural schemes has been around for decades, and has always been resolved in the industry’s favour. There might be some interesting pushback should any of the principals of Timbercorp or Great Southern be put on trial for their shenanigans, but the industry structure is essentially a settled question.

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* The second sandalwood update comes from  the only analyst we have found who has visited the plantation and issued a report on the shares of TFS Corp. 

The October 2013 report was headed TFS Corp Site visit verifies Indian Sandalwood oil production and gave a Buy recommendation with a target price of .A$.90 cents.  The price was A$.77 cents at the writing of the report.

This report shows that TFS MIS (Managed Investment Scheme) production is below what was reported in the early TFS Product Disclosure Statements (PDS).

In Australia managed investment timber schemes (MIS) are required to produce a Product Disclosure Statement (PDS) showing how the program works and the potential returns, risks, investments, fees, costs, taxes etc.

The report said:

On our forecasts that assume a similar level of new Wholesale, High Net Wealth and MIS (Managed Investment Schemes) sales to FY13, TFC’s current year valuation metrics do not appear inappropriate given the near term uncertainty surrounding the timing of Wholesale settlements.

However over coming years acceleration of commercial harvest proceeds offers a substantial uplift in earnings (potential EBITDA (Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) of + $400m in ten years time vs $51.8m ‘cash’ EBITDA in FY13) that at some time in future will inevitably drive robust share price performance.

Earnings Impact

Forecasts now reflect likely sub-PDS heartwood yields for early plantations
Investment Thesis

■ The complexities of Indian Sandalwood (included its parasitic nature and delay of oil-bearing heartwood formation) have induced a degree of uncertainty as to whether yields would meet targets first set over fifteen years ago; initial data from the first commercial harvest undertaken in September indicates that whilst survival rates and heartwood per tree are lower than originally targeted, oil quality and oil yields meet ISO standards and the targeted 3.7% which provides an important verification.

■    We visited TFC’s operations around Kununurra and seeing for ourselves the proceeds from the first 8ha harvest, what is clear is that the knowledge gained from the earliest plantations has been deployed and has resulted in material improvements in Indian Sandalwood growth; as such whilst yields over a number of years are likely to fall short of PDS targets we see harvests for more recent plantings as likely to considerably exceed heartwood developed per tree.

■    With confidence provided regards heartwood and oil production, the next key uncertainty is sustainable pricing as larger volumes of wood and oil become available; we are of the view that emergence of a sustainable, legal supply (most Indian Sandalwood is poached) will see an increase in demand from pharmaceutical and fine fragrance sectors, with the growing wealth of India and China driving decorative carving, fragrance and religious ceremony needs.

■ Assuming target yields and a flat heartwood price we estimate TFC will generate +$2bn EBITDA solely from the sale of its owned trees over the coming fifteen years (noting that earnings will materialise more so towards the later years), highlighting the ‘embedded value’ of its 2,443ha (hectares – appx. 5,900 acres)  ownership stake.

Whilst yields on the EKS project are likely to prove lower than targeted given survival rates of only ~25% and considerably smaller tree size (and thus heartwood yield) at the 15 year mark, this confirmation of commercial oil yields provides a hefty confidence boost both for near term revenue generation from the harvest as well as heartwood yield prospects of the +7,000ha of plantations currently in place.

We recently (14/15 Oct) visited Kununurra and saw the range of established plantations in addition to the Primary Processing Centre and Seedling Nursery, which provided a pleasing confirmation of the quality of the operation as well as the opportunity to inspect some of the recently harvested and processed Indian Sandalwood logs.

Overall, the conclusion we reach following the tour is that the development and maintenance of Indian Sandalwood plantations has seen substantial changes over the years, with the first few years of plantings somewhat experimental in nature settling down to a more consistent and incremental improvement process.
Indeed, the confirmation of oil from the initial commercial harvest provides a very high degree of confidence in future volume increases, with notable factors as follows:

Heartwood is being generated; it is ‘real’!

A visit to the processing facilities revealed the results of the initial 8 ha of harvesting with the photograph below showing some of the dressed logs; we also saw the bags of shredded heartwood ready to be trucked to the Mt Romance facility in Albany and the extracted tree stumps that will be further processed.

The inspection of plantations by establishment year revealed considerable differences in the spacing and arrangement of both Indian Sandalwood trees as well as host species.

Whilst we are clearly not expert enough to detect subtle differences, what was clearly apparent is that Indian Sandalwood survival rates increased dramatically after the 1999 plantations (that saw an eventual survival rate of ~25%) with little identifiable differences in arrangements from ~2001 plantings onwards; whilst data on survival rates was most recently provided at the 2 Sep 13 presentation (Slide 17) nonetheless it was pleasing to see first-hand.

What is also very clear is that tree growth rates are greater for more recent plantings with the implication being that tree sizes and thus amounts of heartwood and oil will increase over time.

A notable feature of the plantations is that individual trees show considerable variability in size with the biggest tree in any single hectare often having a trunk diameter half as large again as its nearby peers, with this difference attributable to a number of factors including improved host bonding, local soil properties or genetic attributes.

Given it develops its own seedlings (and also plants them already established with a host) TFC has been undertaking a stock selection process whereby seeds are taken from the largest trees (or number of trees depending on planting requirements) and propagated, reinforcing the genetic attributes of the best individuals regards growth rates and size.

Indian Sandalwood trees begin to produce seed after around three years, and so this stock enhancement program has only been through a few cycles which offers considerable scope for ongoing improvements and also longer-term heartwood yields given the expected relationship between tree size and heartwood production.

Production confirmation makes oil price the primary uncertainty

As we now have considerable confidence in future heartwood/oil volumes from established plantations, and indeed argue PDS forecasts for an average 22.5kg heartwood yield/tree are likely to prove conservative in the longer-term, the primary variable for any harvest proceeds calculations is now assessing sustainable pricing as TFC begins to generate commercial scale quantities for global markets.

The dwindling supply of natural Indian Sandalwood has seen a considerable amount of trade on the black market rather than via official traceable channels and product substitution (both different sandalwood species and synthetics) occur, which does present uncertainty as to how inelastic pricing is as sustainable plantation volumes increase.

Whilst mgt indicated TFC recently sold oil for $US4,000/kg representing a ~$US150,000/t price for heartwood we are unsure if this is sustainable as larger quantities are harvested. Nonetheless given the number, size and diversity of major markets discussed below we argue a long-term price of ~$100,000/t for heartwood (implying ~$2,700/kg of oil @ a 3.7% yield) does not appear unreasonable:

TFC the only traceable supplier for pharmaceutical industry

Perfume manufacturers will likely develop new formulations as sustainable supply materialises

MIS Expert Market Report sees +1,100ha of demand as sustainable… supporting ~5% price increases

*    Pharmaceutical: a sustainable traceable supply of oil is vital given the regulatory requirements of the pharmaceutical industry which will provide TFC with considerably pricing power given a likely shrinking legal natural supply. Whist partners Viroxis and Santalis are yet to reach commercialisation stage for any offerings (with the 1 Oct 13 update revealing phase 2 trials are underway for both companies), Viroxis have noted (11 Apr 13) potential annual demand for 240t of oil for its products which would represent ~600ha of plantations each year at PDS yields.

* Carvings: wood has historically been widely used for decorative carvings and utility items, and in addition to India demand from China for larger carvings as status objects is likely to support demand for more sizeable heartwood logs; mgt feedback suggests demand from this sector for larger logs will likely support premium pricing compared to smaller logs valued on an oil content basis.

*    Fine Furniture: although currently the fine furniture market is likely smaller than Carvings in China due to a lack of supply of quality logs, we would expect demand as wood becomes available to provide further impetus to larger log pricing and mgt see potential demand from this sector as potentially greater than for Carvings.

*    Fine Perfume: Indian Sandalwood oil has been an important ingredient in fine fragrances (e.g. Chanel No 5) however we understand the challenge of legal supply has seen synthetic substitution for fragrance and a general avoidance of use as a fixative; should sustainable supplies become available we would expect considerable demand from the industry given the importance of natural ingredients and its superior fixative attributes and with an estimated 100t of oil used by the industry in 1970 (Source: 2013 MIS PDS P69) we would see potential volume sales to this industry being considerably higher.

* Attars: which are non-alcohol based fragrances that are distillates of flowers/herbs/spices over Sandalwood oil; these attars are used for personal fragrance but moreso currently for ‘pan masala’ mouth freshener and given the size of the market being primarily India based we would see potential demand likely to be similar if not greater than the Fine Perfume industry.

*    Cremation: Indian Sandalwood has long been an important additive to a pyre during a Hindu cremation (for example Gandhi’s pyre was all Indian Sandalwood) with the expansion of the middle class in India likely to drive demand.

*    Cosmetics: oil as well as the ‘spent charge’ of chipped heartwood following oil extraction has been used extensively in global cosmetics industries for soaps, face creams, powders and air fresheners both for its fixative value as well as fragrance; PDS commentary estimates 10-15% of total use has been from this sector historically.

Indeed, whilst we argue that current pricing is merely sustainable, the Expert Market Report in the 2013 MIS PDS indicates that demand for Indian Sandalwood could be in the order of 12,000 to 13,000t which represents +1,200ha of demand per year.

TFC has 7,581ha of plantations under management as of 29 Aug 13 of which 1,152ha were only planted during the course of the FY13 financial year (noting total sales were 1,657ha with ~500ha of this to be planted in FY14), so in view of this ‘Expert’ demand estimate there appears little prospect of oversupply.
Indeed, by the time the FY13 plantings are harvested and sold in 2028 the likely demand from an increasingly wealthy India and China will continue to favour demand.

We also note the Expert Market Report sees an annual price increase of at least 5% on the $A111,893/t achieved in Mar 11 for official auctions in India as achievable and sustainable into the near future which would imply a price of +$A230,000/t in fifteen years time.

Ownership of +2,400ha offers substantial ‘embedded’ value

TFC has generated almost all of its earnings from Indian Sandalwood plantation establishment, finance and maintenance fees for both MIS and Wholesale clients, with the Mt Romance EBITDA contribution being <10% of the group’s total, and as shown by the rise and fall of planting activity over the past decade (largely due to MIS regulatory changes) these establishment fees are somewhat volatile and difficult to forecast.

This earnings composition will change over the coming years as commercial scale harvesting commences, with TFC being entitled to a 5% Selling & Marketing fee on gross proceeds of cleaned logs (noting Wholesale investments will only start harvesting in 2026) and it will also be able to generate profits by purchasing cleaned logs from MIS investors and adding value through the Mt Romance processing and marketing operations.

However the most compelling change to TFC’s revenue and earnings over the coming years will be the contribution from its owned assets as mgt have established a holding of 2,443ha from direct plantings, purchasing immature plantations from MIS investors as well as via deferred management fees.

Following our visit we have revised forecast heartwood yield per tree to reflect observed differences in tree size, with 2008 selected as the inflection point for when PDS yields of ~22.5kg may materialise; we also assume a constant price for heartwood of $100,000 per ton.

As shown in the table below we estimate TFC will generate +$2bn EBITDA from the sale of its owned trees over the coming fifteen years, noting earnings will materialise moreso towards later years reflecting the ramp up of plantings and yields since the EKS project in 1999.

Scope for +$3bn of operating profit over next 15 years vs current market cap of $220m.

Market will pay attention to TFC at some point in time.

As such, when combined with harvesting and processing fees for MIS and Wholesale plantations it is not unreasonable to anticipate +$2.5bn EBITDA being generated over the coming fifteen years from all harvesting and sales activities, on top of another ~$750m EBITDA from establishment services if the company can consistently generate +1,000ha of annual new plantation sales.

Stock market will inevitably appreciate ‘embedded value’ given sheer scale of potential profits.

However if we look forward a number of years, say a decade at which point TFC could be generating sustainable EBITDA of ~$400m from harvesting its owned plantations, harvesting and value-adding MIS investors’ harvested wood and also from new establishment fees; in turn this could generate EPS of +80c which if applied to a PER of ~13x (a +25% discount to the current FY14 XSI aggregate) implies a potential ~$10 share price offering robust prospective long-term returns from current levels.

Given the timeframes involved we are a little uncertain as to when the market will appreciate the coming substantial uplift in profitability for the group as the size and quality of commercial harvests increases, nonetheless remain positive on the stock’s performance prospects given scope for EPS acceleration over coming years.

This report was updated by the Australian broker in November 2013 and the share price projection increased to A$1.00

* The first sandalwood update comes from TED, an events business focused on distributing information about “Technology, Entertainment and Design”.  This institution’s has enjoyed enormous success at conducting conferences with “Ideas Worth Spreading”.

The first TED event was in 1984 and included demos of the compact disc. Benoit Mandelbrot talked about how to map coastlines with fractals.  In 2001 The Sapling Foundation acquired TED and opened an audio and video podcast series that put the best TED content online FREE.   By 2009, the number of views at the Ted website had passed 100 million.  Views have now passed one billion.

Ted also publishes case studies and  a Ted Case Study has been done on sandalwood.

Here are excerpts from the Ted Sandalwood Case Study linked above:

The Indian sandalwood tree has become endangered. The tree is government controlled.  Removal is prohibited until the tree is thirty years old.  This has not stopped many poachers from cutting trees down as soon as authorities are not watching.  Smuggling of sandalwood has created socio-economic and law and order problems.

Trade in sandalwood dates back to the beginning of trading in India.  Due to its high value and increased demand in internal and external markets, sandalwood prices have skyrocketed.

Increase in demand can be attributed to the popularity of aromatherapy and trends in the cosmetic industry toward natural
products.

Although trade in Indian sandalwood is officially  restricted, smuggling remains a serious threat to the tree.  The biggest and costliest manhunt in Indian history was launched to track down the leader of India’s major sandalwood smuggling ring, Veerapan.

Approximately 600 Border Security Force troops were used to back up a special police task force which has been combing the
jungles of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka states.

The notorious Veerapan carries a four million rupee ($132,000) bounty on his head and has been on the run from the police since killing his first elephant at the age of fourteen.  He claims to have killed 2,000 elephants for their ivory before entering the more lucrative sandalwood trade.

He has embarked on several killing sprees.  The worst was when 21 members of a police posse were blown up with land mines in an ambush.

Veerapan has become a modern day Robin Hood and is loved by the poor who are either too frightened or too loyal to betray him.

Orders are in the range of millions of dollars, because the wood costs up to 13,700 dollars per kilogram.  A vial of the oil extract costs between 400 and 1,000 dollars.

Multi Currency Value Investing Seminar

Old Accord Creates New Profits – Multi Currency Investments.

Earn more with multi currency stock market breakouts.

Improve Safety – Increase Profits

Learn how to improve the safety of your savings and investments by selecting good value and diversified investments in a multi-currency portfolio.

Few decisions are as important to your wealth as the value of the markets and currencies you invest in.  This has been our area of expertise since the 1970s and we have worked with and advised some of the largest currency traders in the world.

Gain Protection First – Against the Dollar’s Purchasing Power Loss.  In 1913 the The Federal Reserve Act created the Federal Reserve Bank to protect the purchasing power of the US dollar, which has since lost about 94% of its purchasing power.  Here is its price compared with gold since 1900.

priced in gold

Dollar chart from pricedingold.com (1)

The Fed has let the dollar lose most of its strength plus has allowed interest rates to fall so low, that safe investments cannot keep pace with the drop in purchasing power.

multi-currency-chart

Chart from Grandfather Economic Report (2)

Many investors have forgotten about the risk of a falling dollar because the greenback has been strong for the past five years.  This temporary dollar strength came after the great recession of 2009 just as there was temporary dollar strength after the great recession of the 1980s.  Then about six years after the recession, an agreement was made by major governments to weaken the dollar.

There was a severe global economic recession affecting much of the developed world in the late 1970s and early 1980s.  The United States and Japan exited the recession relatively early, but high unemployment would continue to affect Europe and the UK through to at least 1985.  As a consequence between 1980 and 1985, the US dollar had appreciated by about 50% against the Japanese yen, Deutsche mark, French franc and British pound, the currencies of the next four biggest economies at the time. Then the governments reached an agreement and exchange rate values of the dollar versus the yen declined by 51% from 1985 to 1987.

Now the world is again in the same place.  The recession is over.  Europe is a bit behind in recovery and the dollar is higher than before the recession.

There is no reason for the greenback to be  strong.

The agreement in 1985 was called the Plaza Accord.   Over just two years the greenback dropped nearly 50% versus other major currencies.  The next accord will generate great profits for those who know what to do while it ruins the purchasing power of dollar back investments.

The strong US dollar and low interest rates have created one of the biggest stock and multi currency breakout opportunities in history.  Learn how to create a plan to profit from multi currency shifts ahead.

One reason for the potential gains is that stock markets and currency values are cyclical.  Due to low interest rates created by the 2009 economic downturn, the US and a few other equity markets have risen to some of their highest prices, ever.  These markets offer very poor value now.  The steep valuation creates incredible profit potential but also hides some enormous risks.  Learn how to develop an investing strategy based of earnings, cash flows, dividends and book values to increase potential for profit and reduce the risks.

Next Extra Profit Created by Value Breakouts

Over the history of US equity markets, the  price of overall markets have risen about 9.1 percent, respectively, compounded annually.  Yet over more than a hundred years of stock market activity,  a majority of the profits have come from just a very few dramatic breakouts.

Equity markets are ruled in the short term by emotions that create unpredictable ups and downs.  Numerous fears of defaults, worries of double dip recessions, high unemployment, concerns about fiscal cliffs, hold investors back.  Yet global population growth and advances in production and prosperity are relentless economic fundamentals that increase value.

When fear holds back a a fundamentally rising value, rising profit potential grows.  Values increase as prices stagnate.  Then markets break free and rocket upwards creating wealth, prosperity and growth.

Find out which breakouts are likely to take place next.

Stocks rise from the cycle of war, productivity and demographics. Cycles create recurring profits. Economies and stock markets cycle up and down around every 15 years as shown in this graph.

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The effect of war cycles on the US Stock Market since 1906.

Bull and bear cycles are based on cycles of human interaction, war, technology and productivity.  Economic downturns create war.

Here is the war stock cycle.  Military struggles (like the Civil War, WWI, WWII and the Cold War: WWIII) super charge inventiveness that creates new forms of productivity…the steam engine, the internal combustion engine,  production line processes, jet engines, TV, farming techniques, plastics, telephone, computer and lastly during the Cold War, the internet.  The military technology shifts to domestic use.  A boom is created that leads to excess.  Excess leads to correction. Correction creates an economic downturn and again to war.

Learn how the Cyber War (WWIV) may change the way we live and act and how this will affect currencies and investments.

Learn:

* How to easily buy global currencies, shares and bonds.

* Trading down and the benefits of investing in real estate in Small Town USA.  We will share why this breakout value is special and why we have been recommending good value real estate in this area since 2009.

* What’s up with gold and silver?  One session looks at my current position on gold and silver and asset protection.  We review the state of the precious metal markets and potential problems ahead for US dollars.  Learn how low interest rates eliminate  opportunity costs of diversification in precious metals and foreign currencies.

* How to improve safety and increase profit with leverage and staying power.  The seminar reveals Warren Buffett’s value investing strategy from research published at Yale University’s website.  This research shows that the stocks Buffet chooses are safe (with low beta and low volatility), cheap (value stocks with low price-to-book ratios), and high quality (stocks of companies that are profitable, stable, growing, and with high payout ratios), but his big, extra profits come from leverage and staying power.  At times Buffet’s portfolio, as all value portfolios, has fallen, but he has been willing and able to wait long periods for the value to reveal itself and prices to recover.

keppler asset management chart

This chart based on a 45 year portfolio study shows that holding a diversified good value portfolio (based on a  good value strategy) for 13 month’s time, increases the probability of outperformance to 70%.  However those who can hold the portfolio for five years gain a 88% probability of beating the bellwether in the market and after ten years the probability increases to 97.5%.

Time is your friend when you use a good value strategy.  The longer you can hold onto a well balanced good value portfolio, the better the odds of outstanding success.

Learn how much leverage to use.  Leverage is like medicine, the key is dose.  Buffett leverages his portfolio at a ratio of approximately 1.6 to 1.  This rate of expansion by the way is called the “Golden Ratio”.  It is a mathematical formula that controls the growth of most natural things; trees, the shape of leaves, the spiral of shells, as well as the way economies and societies grow.

We’ll sum the strategy, how to leverage cheap, safe, quality stocks and for what period of time based on your circumstances.

Learn to plan in a way so you never run out of money.  The seminar also has a session on the importance of having and sticking to a plan.  See how success is dependent on conviction, wherewithal, and skill to operate with leverage and significant risk.  Learn a three point strategy based on my 50 (almost) years of investing experience combined with wisdom gained from some of the world’s best investment managers and economic mathematical scientists.

Enjoy investing more with slow, worry free, good value investing.  Stress, worry and fear are three of an investor’s worst enemies.  These are major foundations of the Behavior Gap, a trait exhibited by most investors, that causes them to underperform any market they choose.  The behavior gap is created by natural human responses to fear.  The losses created by this gap grow when investors trade short term under stress.

Learn how to put meaning into your investing by creating profitable strategies that combine good value investments with unique, personal goals.

Learn how to span the behavior gap.  Behavior gaps are among the biggest reasons why so many investors fail.  Human evolution makes fear the second most powerful motivator.  (Greed is the third.)  Fear creates investment losses due to behavior gaps.  Fear motivates us more strongly than desire.  By nature investors are risk adverse, when they should embrace risk.  Purpose is the most powerful motivator,  stronger than fear and greed.  One powerful way to overcome the behavior gap is to invest with a purpose.

Combine your needs and capabilities with the secrets and the math of our good value model portfolio.

Share ideas about my good value portfolio.  My personal investment portfolio comes from a continual analysis of international stock markets and a comparison of their value based on current book to price, cash flow to price, earnings to price, average dividend yield, return on equity and cash flow return.

Markets included in this portfolio are:

• Norway
• Australia
• Hong Kong
• Japan
• Singapore
• United Kingdom
• Taiwan
• South Korea
• China

These markets have been chosen based on four pillars of valuation.

• Absolute Valuation
• Relative Valuation
• Current versus Historic Valuation
• Current Relative versus Relative Historic Valuation

Learn how to use Country ETFs to easily construct a diversified, risk-controlled, equally weighted representative country portfolios in all of these good value countries.

To achieve this goal my portfolio consists of Country Index ETFs that track an index of shares in a specific country.  These country ETFs provide diversification into a basket of equities in the good value countries.  The expense ratios for most ETFs are lower than those of the average mutual fund as well so such ETFs provide diversification and cost efficiency.

This is an easy, simple and effective approach to zeroing in on value because little management and guesswork is required.  You are investing in a diversified portfolio of good value indices.  A BUY rating for an index does NOT imply that any stock in that country is an attractive investment, so you do not have to pick and choose shares.  You can invest in the index which is like investing in all the shares in the index.  All you have to do is invest in an ETF that in turn invests passively in all the shares of the index.

Learn the results of a $80,000 share purchase cost test that found the least expensive way to invest in good value.  The keys to this portfolio are good value, low cost, minimal fuss and bother.  Plus a great savings of time.  Trading is minimal, usually not more than one or two shares are bought or sold in a year.  I wanted to find the very least expensive way to create and hold this portfolio so I performed a test.

The Test for Low Cost Trading

Research put every part of this portfolio in place, except knowing the best, easiest and least expensive way to buy.  A search for an optimal way to buy and hold boiled down to two methods.  One tactic to test was to use a unique online broker that appeared to offer the lowest cost deal.  The other approach was to use a community bank in Smalltown USA.  The small town bank that I use looks after my 401K trust account and their service is first class.  The benefit of small banks is that they still treat us as a human beings (instead of a number) and when we need, it’s easy to go right to the top to answer a question or get a problem resolved.  There are no call centers and the bank and the person looking after my account is just around the corner.

I created a test to see which offered the least expensive service.

Working with my banker in Smalltown USA,  I created two accounts, one at the online broker and the other at the bank. I placed $40,000 in each.

I set up the order for the country ETFs online, while my trust manager set up orders for the identical amounts of the same shares in his system.  Then we got on the phone, coordinated our timing and on a count of three each pushed the button “BUY”.

The results of this test  show how you can gain on any purchase of country ETFs.

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(1) Dollar chart from pricedingold.com

(2) Grandfather Economic Report

 

Read the entire Ted Case Study has been done on sandalwood.

Profits From Ecuador Wind Power


Two technologies have potential to change competitiveness in Ecuador.

One Ecuadorian economic risk is shortage of energy.  Almost half of the country’s electricity comes from one dam.   Two changes may bring more energy to other Latin countries.    If Ecuador embraces this technology, it can gain a competitive advantage due to its many windy territories and small size.  If they do not embrace this they may lose a business edge.

Vilonaco wind farm

Photo of the Villonaco wind farm near Loja, Ecuador.

This new Ecuador wind farm has 11 generators that can create 16.5 MW.   The wind farm was developed by the Chinese company Xinjian Goldwind Science and Technology and will cut CO2 emissions by as much as 35.270 metric tons a year.   It will also reduce diesel imports that can save almost 13 million dollars a year in fuel costs.

See why Ecuador’s president refused to inaugurate this wind station at the Villonaco wind farm link below:

Change is inevitable so we should sail the winds of change looking for profit.

Latin Wind Power

Chart from “The winds of change are blowing through the Latin American energy markets”.  See article linked below

This article says: Renewable energy developers seeking the next big thing should turn their sails toward Latin America, where growing electricity demand, pro-renewable government policies, and limited fossil fuel resources are creating one of the world’s fastest-growing wind power markets.

According to research, annual wind power capacity installations will double as more than 20,000 new wind turbines are built across 15 countries

This news becomes extra important because of new technology that could cause wind power to really soar.  An article at MIT Technology review entitled “Help Wind Power Go Big” by Kevin Bullis explains this technology.  Here is an excerpt.

Low-cost materials could make storing hours of power from a wind farm economically feasible.

The intermittency of renewable power limits its use.

Utilities would love to be able to store the power that wind farms generate at night—when no one wants it—and use it when demand is high during the day. But conventional battery technology is so expensive that it only makes economic sense to store a few minutes of electricity, enough to smooth out a few fluctuations from gusts of wind.

Harvard University researchers say they’ve developed a new type of battery that could make it economical to store a couple of days of electricity from wind farms.

The new battery, which is described in the journal Nature, is based on an organic molecule—called a quinone—that’s found in plants such as rhubarb and can be cheaply synthesized from crude oil. The molecules could reduce, by two-thirds, the cost of energy storage materials in a type of battery called a flow battery, which is particularly well suited to storing large amounts of energy.

In a flow battery, energy is stored in liquid form in large tanks. Such batteries have been around for decades, and are used in places like Japan to help manage the power grid, but they’re expensive—about $700 per kilowatt-hour of storage capacity, according to one estimate. To make storing hours of energy from wind farms economical, batteries need to cost just $100 per kilowatt-hour, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

The energy storage materials account for only a fraction of a flow battery’s total cost. Vanadium, the material typically used now, costs about $80 per kilowatt-hour.

But that’s high enough to make hitting the $100 target for the whole system impossible. Michael Aziz, a professor of materials and energy technologies at Harvard University who led the work, says the quinones will cut the energy storage material costs down to just $27 per kilowatt-hour. Together with other recent advances in bringing down the cost of the rest of the system, he says, this could put the DOE target in reach.

These two changes could create huge benefits in Latin business and consequently create profits in shares of Latin businesses that generate wind power and or can use this type of power.

Gary

We’ll have a Latin share review at our February 14-15-16 seminar.

Multi Currency Value Investing Seminar

Old Accord Creates New Profits – Multi Currency Investments.

Earn more with multi currency stock market breakouts.

Improve Safety – Increase Profits

Learn how to improve the safety of your savings and investments by selecting good value and diversified investments in a multi-currency portfolio.

Few decisions are as important to your wealth as the value of the markets and currencies you invest in.  This has been our area of expertise since the 1970s and we have worked with and advised some of the largest currency traders in the world.

Gain Protection First – Against the Dollar’s Purchasing Power Loss.  In 1913 the The Federal Reserve Act created the Federal Reserve Bank to protect the purchasing power of the US dollar, which has since lost about 94% of its purchasing power.  Here is its price compared with gold since 1900.

priced in gold

Dollar chart from pricedingold.com (1)

The Fed has let the dollar lose most of its strength plus has allowed interest rates to fall so low, that safe investments cannot keep pace with the drop in purchasing power.

multi-currency-chart

Chart from Grandfather Economic Report (2)

Many investors have forgotten about the risk of a falling dollar because the greenback has been strong for the past five years.  This temporary dollar strength came after the great recession of 2009 just as there was temporary dollar strength after the great recession of the 1980s.  Then about six years after the recession, an agreement was made by major governments to weaken the dollar.

There was a severe global economic recession affecting much of the developed world in the late 1970s and early 1980s.  The United States and Japan exited the recession relatively early, but high unemployment would continue to affect Europe and the UK through to at least 1985.  As a consequence between 1980 and 1985, the US dollar had appreciated by about 50% against the Japanese yen, Deutsche mark, French franc and British pound, the currencies of the next four biggest economies at the time. Then the governments reached an agreement and exchange rate values of the dollar versus the yen declined by 51% from 1985 to 1987.

Now the world is again in the same place.  The recession is over.  Europe is a bit behind in recovery and the dollar is higher than before the recession.

There is no reason for the greenback to be  strong.

The agreement in 1985 was called the Plaza Accord.   Over just two years the greenback dropped nearly 50% versus other major currencies.  The next accord will generate great profits for those who know what to do while it ruins the purchasing power of dollar back investments.

The strong US dollar and low interest rates have created one of the biggest stock and multi currency breakout opportunities in history.  Learn how to create a plan to profit from multi currency shifts ahead.

One reason for the potential gains is that stock markets and currency values are cyclical.  Due to low interest rates created by the 2009 economic downturn, the US and a few other equity markets have risen to some of their highest prices, ever.  These markets offer very poor value now.  The steep valuation creates incredible profit potential but also hides some enormous risks.  Learn how to develop an investing strategy based of earnings, cash flows, dividends and book values to increase potential for profit and reduce the risks.

Next Extra Profit Created by Value Breakouts

Over the history of US equity markets, the  price of overall markets have risen about 9.1 percent, respectively, compounded annually.  Yet over more than a hundred years of stock market activity,  a majority of the profits have come from just a very few dramatic breakouts.

Equity markets are ruled in the short term by emotions that create unpredictable ups and downs.  Numerous fears of defaults, worries of double dip recessions, high unemployment, concerns about fiscal cliffs, hold investors back.  Yet global population growth and advances in production and prosperity are relentless economic fundamentals that increase value.

When fear holds back a a fundamentally rising value, rising profit potential grows.  Values increase as prices stagnate.  Then markets break free and rocket upwards creating wealth, prosperity and growth.

Find out which breakouts are likely to take place next.

Stocks rise from the cycle of war, productivity and demographics. Cycles create recurring profits. Economies and stock markets cycle up and down around every 15 years as shown in this graph.

stock-Charts

The effect of war cycles on the US Stock Market since 1906.

Bull and bear cycles are based on cycles of human interaction, war, technology and productivity.  Economic downturns create war.

Here is the war stock cycle.  Military struggles (like the Civil War, WWI, WWII and the Cold War: WWIII) super charge inventiveness that creates new forms of productivity…the steam engine, the internal combustion engine,  production line processes, jet engines, TV, farming techniques, plastics, telephone, computer and lastly during the Cold War, the internet.  The military technology shifts to domestic use.  A boom is created that leads to excess.  Excess leads to correction. Correction creates an economic downturn and again to war.

Learn how the Cyber War (WWIV) may change the way we live and act and how this will affect currencies and investments.

Learn:

* How to easily buy global currencies, shares and bonds.

* Trading down and the benefits of investing in real estate in Small Town USA.  We will share why this breakout value is special and why we have been recommending good value real estate in this area since 2009.

* What’s up with gold and silver?  One session looks at my current position on gold and silver and asset protection.  We review the state of the precious metal markets and potential problems ahead for US dollars.  Learn how low interest rates eliminate  opportunity costs of diversification in precious metals and foreign currencies.

* How to improve safety and increase profit with leverage and staying power.  The seminar reveals Warren Buffett’s value investing strategy from research published at Yale University’s website.  This research shows that the stocks Buffet chooses are safe (with low beta and low volatility), cheap (value stocks with low price-to-book ratios), and high quality (stocks of companies that are profitable, stable, growing, and with high payout ratios), but his big, extra profits come from leverage and staying power.  At times Buffet’s portfolio, as all value portfolios, has fallen, but he has been willing and able to wait long periods for the value to reveal itself and prices to recover.

keppler asset management chart

This chart based on a 45 year portfolio study shows that holding a diversified good value portfolio (based on a  good value strategy) for 13 month’s time, increases the probability of outperformance to 70%.  However those who can hold the portfolio for five years gain a 88% probability of beating the bellwether in the market and after ten years the probability increases to 97.5%.

Time is your friend when you use a good value strategy.  The longer you can hold onto a well balanced good value portfolio, the better the odds of outstanding success.

Learn how much leverage to use.  Leverage is like medicine, the key is dose.  Buffett leverages his portfolio at a ratio of approximately 1.6 to 1.  This rate of expansion by the way is called the “Golden Ratio”.  It is a mathematical formula that controls the growth of most natural things; trees, the shape of leaves, the spiral of shells, as well as the way economies and societies grow.

We’ll sum the strategy, how to leverage cheap, safe, quality stocks and for what period of time based on your circumstances.

Learn to plan in a way so you never run out of money.  The seminar also has a session on the importance of having and sticking to a plan.  See how success is dependent on conviction, wherewithal, and skill to operate with leverage and significant risk.  Learn a three point strategy based on my 50 (almost) years of investing experience combined with wisdom gained from some of the world’s best investment managers and economic mathematical scientists.

Enjoy investing more with slow, worry free, good value investing.  Stress, worry and fear are three of an investor’s worst enemies.  These are major foundations of the Behavior Gap, a trait exhibited by most investors, that causes them to underperform any market they choose.  The behavior gap is created by natural human responses to fear.  The losses created by this gap grow when investors trade short term under stress.

Learn how to put meaning into your investing by creating profitable strategies that combine good value investments with unique, personal goals.

Learn how to span the behavior gap.  Behavior gaps are among the biggest reasons why so many investors fail.  Human evolution makes fear the second most powerful motivator.  (Greed is the third.)  Fear creates investment losses due to behavior gaps.  Fear motivates us more strongly than desire.  By nature investors are risk adverse, when they should embrace risk.  Purpose is the most powerful motivator,  stronger than fear and greed.  One powerful way to overcome the behavior gap is to invest with a purpose.

Combine your needs and capabilities with the secrets and the math of our good value model portfolio.

Share ideas about my good value portfolio.  My personal investment portfolio comes from a continual analysis of international stock markets and a comparison of their value based on current book to price, cash flow to price, earnings to price, average dividend yield, return on equity and cash flow return.

Markets included in this portfolio are:

• Norway
• Australia
• Hong Kong
• Japan
• Singapore
• United Kingdom
• Taiwan
• South Korea
• China

These markets have been chosen based on four pillars of valuation.

• Absolute Valuation
• Relative Valuation
• Current versus Historic Valuation
• Current Relative versus Relative Historic Valuation

Learn how to use Country ETFs to easily construct a diversified, risk-controlled, equally weighted representative country portfolios in all of these good value countries.

To achieve this goal my portfolio consists of Country Index ETFs that track an index of shares in a specific country.  These country ETFs provide diversification into a basket of equities in the good value countries.  The expense ratios for most ETFs are lower than those of the average mutual fund as well so such ETFs provide diversification and cost efficiency.

This is an easy, simple and effective approach to zeroing in on value because little management and guesswork is required.  You are investing in a diversified portfolio of good value indices.  A BUY rating for an index does NOT imply that any stock in that country is an attractive investment, so you do not have to pick and choose shares.  You can invest in the index which is like investing in all the shares in the index.  All you have to do is invest in an ETF that in turn invests passively in all the shares of the index.

Learn the results of a $80,000 share purchase cost test that found the least expensive way to invest in good value.  The keys to this portfolio are good value, low cost, minimal fuss and bother.  Plus a great savings of time.  Trading is minimal, usually not more than one or two shares are bought or sold in a year.  I wanted to find the very least expensive way to create and hold this portfolio so I performed a test.

The Test for Low Cost Trading

Research put every part of this portfolio in place, except knowing the best, easiest and least expensive way to buy.  A search for an optimal way to buy and hold boiled down to two methods.  One tactic to test was to use a unique online broker that appeared to offer the lowest cost deal.  The other approach was to use a community bank in Smalltown USA.  The small town bank that I use looks after my 401K trust account and their service is first class.  The benefit of small banks is that they still treat us as a human beings (instead of a number) and when we need, it’s easy to go right to the top to answer a question or get a problem resolved.  There are no call centers and the bank and the person looking after my account is just around the corner.

I created a test to see which offered the least expensive service.

Working with my banker in Smalltown USA,  I created two accounts, one at the online broker and the other at the bank. I placed $40,000 in each.

I set up the order for the country ETFs online, while my trust manager set up orders for the identical amounts of the same shares in his system.  Then we got on the phone, coordinated our timing and on a count of three each pushed the button “BUY”.

The results of this test  show how you can gain on any purchase of country ETFs.

In this special offer, you can get this online seminar FREE when you subscribe to our Personal investing Course.

Save $468.90 If You Act Now

Subscribe to the first year of The Personal investing Course (Pi).  The annual fee is $299, but to introduce you to this online, course that is based on real time investing, I am knocking $102 off the subscription.  Plus you receive FREE the $29.95 report “Three Currency Patterns for 50% Profits or More”, the $39.95 report “Silver Dip 2017” and our latest $297 online seminar for a total savings of $468.90.

ecuador-seminar

Triple Guarantee

Enroll in Pi.  Get the basic training, the 46 market value report, access to all the updates of the past two years, the two reports and the Value Investing Seminar right away. 

#1:  I guarantee you’ll learn ideas about investing that are unique and can reduce stress as they help you enhance your profits through slow, worry free, easy diversified investing.

If you are not totally happy, simply let me know.

#2:  I guarantee you can cancel your subscription within 60 days and I’ll refund your subscription fee in full, no questions asked.

#3:  You can keep the two reports and Value Investing Seminar as my thanks for trying.

You have nothing to lose except the fear.   You gain the ultimate form of financial security as you reduce risk and increase profit potential.

Subscribe to Pi now, get the 130 page basic training, the 120 page 46 market value analysis, access to over 100 previous Pifolio updates, the “Silver Dip 2017” and “Three Currency Patterns For 50% Profits or More” reports, and value investment seminar, plus begin receiving regular Pifolio updates throughout the year.

Subscribe to a Pi annual subscription for $197 and receive all the above.

Your subscription will be charged $299 a year from now, but you can cancel at any time.

Gary

 

Gary

(1) Dollar chart from pricedingold.com

(2) Grandfather Economic Report

 

MIT Technology Review  Help Wind Power Go Big

Renewable energy sails toward Latin America The winds of change are blowing through the Latin American energy markets.

Demographic Profit Pyramid


Here is a demographic profit pyramid from the US Census Bureau.

The keys to economics can be spelled our as PROFIT:  People… Resources… Output… Free Trade… Innovation and Time

The study of demographics is the People in the Profit and can give us many clues.

Take for example the population pyramid of Ecuador.   This shows a young growing population… a good place to be.

ecaudor population pyramid

I included this pyramid here just to show an example of a good base though Ecuador does not have a stock market due to lack of Free Trade and Innovation.

The chart below, from the U.S. Census Bureau shows the U.S. population pyramid as of 2010 (the date the bureau works from at this time) and a prediction of the pyramid in 2020.

Us population pyramid

This pyramid shows a growing problem.

Since this chart if three years old we can throw some time into our calculations.  The group aged 60 to 64 (red) and older are now aged 63 to 67 at and are retiring or retired and already represent a sizable population.

There is still a fair base of the population at work who can support these retirees.

A much larger wave now aged 58 to 62 (yellow 55 to 59 in the chart) hit retirement age in five years.  This is when the problem really begins.

Then when those aged 53 to 57 (green) begin to retire in ten years, the problem REALLY starts to become severe and just gets worse and worse after that.

Too many retirees… not enough workers.

Problems are Opportunities

We would see similar patterns in Japan and Europe so a huge chunk of the industrialized world faces a serious demographic crunch.

There is one more bitter demographic onion hiccup in this economic stew.  A growing global population but with finite resources.  More People… less Resources.

How will humanity deal with this.   Humanity will deal with it and those who figure out how now can profit on the leading edge.  

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Sharpest knife in the world.

The leading edge can be sharp but we do not have to have the sharpest knife to slice through the demographic data to see what is happening.

#1: Many retirees are working longer.

#2: Everyone is becoming more productive.

#3: Many retirees are moving either to lower cost countries or to smaller towns.

Studies suggested that as many as 10% of retirees will move abroad. Another 10% are thinking of a part time international shift.

Many are moving to Ecuador now. In a few decades, as this pyramid projection shows… the social system in Ecuador will be more strained.

ecaudor population pyramid

Wealth flowing in from retirees will help.

80% to 90% of retirees will stay at home but also move.

An article based on boomer quiz by the Retirement Ranger entitled “Surprising New Survey Finds Many Retirees Plan on Moving in Retirement” gives us a clue.

Here are excerpts (see a link to the entire article below):

5000 people took a Retirement Ranger Quiz and show that the vast majority of Ranger plan on moving in retirement.  Taxes, cost of living, and region are all important considerations for just about everybody taking the quiz.

Q: Will you move in retirement, and how far?

39% said they plan on moving out of state or out of the country. The most startling difference from other surveys is how few people taking the Retirement Ranger plan on staying where they are now – just 2%. The biggest category of responses on this category is the 46% who plan on moving out of their “current metro” – presumably not too far from where they live now, but a move from their current home at least. Presumably that means they intend to downsize and/or find a home in a more retirement friendly location or development – but not move too far away from where they live now.

Q: Cost of living preference?

These results surprised us. Against a steady drumbeat of interest in low-cost of living responses, the fact is that the majority of people (62%) taking the Retirement Ranger are looking for an average cost of living. There were 30% who are looking for a lower cost of living (a much smaller number than we would have thought), compared to a paltry 6% who for some reason want a higher cost of living.

Q:  What environment are you looking for?

The results to this question are refreshing – Topretirements visitors are looking for all kinds of experiences – from coastal to lakes to college towns to suburbia. Aside from a clear preference for a coastal environment, most other environments were fairly close together. College towns, small towns, and suburbia were slightly preferred over the mountains or an urban experience. Deserts and a rural environment brought up the rear in retirement interest.

Q: Size of town?

This question gave some dimension to the previous question about the kind of town these prospective retirees want to live in. By far, most people are open minded on this question too – they do not have a strong preference on the size of town they want to retire to. Of those who do care, in general it seems the smaller the better – 0-25,000 population got the most interest, followed by towns 25,001-100,000, and bringing up the rear – cities of more than 100,000.

Q: Would you like to find a retirement destination with a lower than average tax burden?

The short answer is yes, but not nearly as emphatically as we might have thought. This was a yes or no question: 58% apparently could be induced to move by a low tax burden, while the remaining 42% have no strong preference.

Demographic evidence evidence such as this is one reason we have started a magazine business focused on communities of 30,000.

Learn more about this micro publishing opportunity, Order the FREE report here.  How to Earn With Positive Community News 

Think about who will profit from growing demographics shifts of this nature as these will be good places to invest.

Gary

Learn about places to invest based around demographics at our next Super  Thinking + Investing and Business seminar.

Multi Currency Value Investing Seminar

Old Accord Creates New Profits – Multi Currency Investments.

Earn more with multi currency stock market breakouts.

Improve Safety – Increase Profits

Learn how to improve the safety of your savings and investments by selecting good value and diversified investments in a multi-currency portfolio.

Few decisions are as important to your wealth as the value of the markets and currencies you invest in.  This has been our area of expertise since the 1970s and we have worked with and advised some of the largest currency traders in the world.

Gain Protection First – Against the Dollar’s Purchasing Power Loss.  In 1913 the The Federal Reserve Act created the Federal Reserve Bank to protect the purchasing power of the US dollar, which has since lost about 94% of its purchasing power.  Here is its price compared with gold since 1900.

priced in gold

Dollar chart from pricedingold.com (1)

The Fed has let the dollar lose most of its strength plus has allowed interest rates to fall so low, that safe investments cannot keep pace with the drop in purchasing power.

multi-currency-chart

Chart from Grandfather Economic Report (2)

Many investors have forgotten about the risk of a falling dollar because the greenback has been strong for the past five years.  This temporary dollar strength came after the great recession of 2009 just as there was temporary dollar strength after the great recession of the 1980s.  Then about six years after the recession, an agreement was made by major governments to weaken the dollar.

There was a severe global economic recession affecting much of the developed world in the late 1970s and early 1980s.  The United States and Japan exited the recession relatively early, but high unemployment would continue to affect Europe and the UK through to at least 1985.  As a consequence between 1980 and 1985, the US dollar had appreciated by about 50% against the Japanese yen, Deutsche mark, French franc and British pound, the currencies of the next four biggest economies at the time. Then the governments reached an agreement and exchange rate values of the dollar versus the yen declined by 51% from 1985 to 1987.

Now the world is again in the same place.  The recession is over.  Europe is a bit behind in recovery and the dollar is higher than before the recession.

There is no reason for the greenback to be  strong.

The agreement in 1985 was called the Plaza Accord.   Over just two years the greenback dropped nearly 50% versus other major currencies.  The next accord will generate great profits for those who know what to do while it ruins the purchasing power of dollar back investments.

The strong US dollar and low interest rates have created one of the biggest stock and multi currency breakout opportunities in history.  Learn how to create a plan to profit from multi currency shifts ahead.

One reason for the potential gains is that stock markets and currency values are cyclical.  Due to low interest rates created by the 2009 economic downturn, the US and a few other equity markets have risen to some of their highest prices, ever.  These markets offer very poor value now.  The steep valuation creates incredible profit potential but also hides some enormous risks.  Learn how to develop an investing strategy based of earnings, cash flows, dividends and book values to increase potential for profit and reduce the risks.

Next Extra Profit Created by Value Breakouts

Over the history of US equity markets, the  price of overall markets have risen about 9.1 percent, respectively, compounded annually.  Yet over more than a hundred years of stock market activity,  a majority of the profits have come from just a very few dramatic breakouts.

Equity markets are ruled in the short term by emotions that create unpredictable ups and downs.  Numerous fears of defaults, worries of double dip recessions, high unemployment, concerns about fiscal cliffs, hold investors back.  Yet global population growth and advances in production and prosperity are relentless economic fundamentals that increase value.

When fear holds back a a fundamentally rising value, rising profit potential grows.  Values increase as prices stagnate.  Then markets break free and rocket upwards creating wealth, prosperity and growth.

Find out which breakouts are likely to take place next.

Stocks rise from the cycle of war, productivity and demographics. Cycles create recurring profits. Economies and stock markets cycle up and down around every 15 years as shown in this graph.

stock-Charts

The effect of war cycles on the US Stock Market since 1906.

Bull and bear cycles are based on cycles of human interaction, war, technology and productivity.  Economic downturns create war.

Here is the war stock cycle.  Military struggles (like the Civil War, WWI, WWII and the Cold War: WWIII) super charge inventiveness that creates new forms of productivity…the steam engine, the internal combustion engine,  production line processes, jet engines, TV, farming techniques, plastics, telephone, computer and lastly during the Cold War, the internet.  The military technology shifts to domestic use.  A boom is created that leads to excess.  Excess leads to correction. Correction creates an economic downturn and again to war.

Learn how the Cyber War (WWIV) may change the way we live and act and how this will affect currencies and investments.

Learn:

* How to easily buy global currencies, shares and bonds.

* Trading down and the benefits of investing in real estate in Small Town USA.  We will share why this breakout value is special and why we have been recommending good value real estate in this area since 2009.

* What’s up with gold and silver?  One session looks at my current position on gold and silver and asset protection.  We review the state of the precious metal markets and potential problems ahead for US dollars.  Learn how low interest rates eliminate  opportunity costs of diversification in precious metals and foreign currencies.

* How to improve safety and increase profit with leverage and staying power.  The seminar reveals Warren Buffett’s value investing strategy from research published at Yale University’s website.  This research shows that the stocks Buffet chooses are safe (with low beta and low volatility), cheap (value stocks with low price-to-book ratios), and high quality (stocks of companies that are profitable, stable, growing, and with high payout ratios), but his big, extra profits come from leverage and staying power.  At times Buffet’s portfolio, as all value portfolios, has fallen, but he has been willing and able to wait long periods for the value to reveal itself and prices to recover.

keppler asset management chart

This chart based on a 45 year portfolio study shows that holding a diversified good value portfolio (based on a  good value strategy) for 13 month’s time, increases the probability of outperformance to 70%.  However those who can hold the portfolio for five years gain a 88% probability of beating the bellwether in the market and after ten years the probability increases to 97.5%.

Time is your friend when you use a good value strategy.  The longer you can hold onto a well balanced good value portfolio, the better the odds of outstanding success.

Learn how much leverage to use.  Leverage is like medicine, the key is dose.  Buffett leverages his portfolio at a ratio of approximately 1.6 to 1.  This rate of expansion by the way is called the “Golden Ratio”.  It is a mathematical formula that controls the growth of most natural things; trees, the shape of leaves, the spiral of shells, as well as the way economies and societies grow.

We’ll sum the strategy, how to leverage cheap, safe, quality stocks and for what period of time based on your circumstances.

Learn to plan in a way so you never run out of money.  The seminar also has a session on the importance of having and sticking to a plan.  See how success is dependent on conviction, wherewithal, and skill to operate with leverage and significant risk.  Learn a three point strategy based on my 50 (almost) years of investing experience combined with wisdom gained from some of the world’s best investment managers and economic mathematical scientists.

Enjoy investing more with slow, worry free, good value investing.  Stress, worry and fear are three of an investor’s worst enemies.  These are major foundations of the Behavior Gap, a trait exhibited by most investors, that causes them to underperform any market they choose.  The behavior gap is created by natural human responses to fear.  The losses created by this gap grow when investors trade short term under stress.

Learn how to put meaning into your investing by creating profitable strategies that combine good value investments with unique, personal goals.

Learn how to span the behavior gap.  Behavior gaps are among the biggest reasons why so many investors fail.  Human evolution makes fear the second most powerful motivator.  (Greed is the third.)  Fear creates investment losses due to behavior gaps.  Fear motivates us more strongly than desire.  By nature investors are risk adverse, when they should embrace risk.  Purpose is the most powerful motivator,  stronger than fear and greed.  One powerful way to overcome the behavior gap is to invest with a purpose.

Combine your needs and capabilities with the secrets and the math of our good value model portfolio.

Share ideas about my good value portfolio.  My personal investment portfolio comes from a continual analysis of international stock markets and a comparison of their value based on current book to price, cash flow to price, earnings to price, average dividend yield, return on equity and cash flow return.

Markets included in this portfolio are:

• Norway
• Australia
• Hong Kong
• Japan
• Singapore
• United Kingdom
• Taiwan
• South Korea
• China

These markets have been chosen based on four pillars of valuation.

• Absolute Valuation
• Relative Valuation
• Current versus Historic Valuation
• Current Relative versus Relative Historic Valuation

Learn how to use Country ETFs to easily construct a diversified, risk-controlled, equally weighted representative country portfolios in all of these good value countries.

To achieve this goal my portfolio consists of Country Index ETFs that track an index of shares in a specific country.  These country ETFs provide diversification into a basket of equities in the good value countries.  The expense ratios for most ETFs are lower than those of the average mutual fund as well so such ETFs provide diversification and cost efficiency.

This is an easy, simple and effective approach to zeroing in on value because little management and guesswork is required.  You are investing in a diversified portfolio of good value indices.  A BUY rating for an index does NOT imply that any stock in that country is an attractive investment, so you do not have to pick and choose shares.  You can invest in the index which is like investing in all the shares in the index.  All you have to do is invest in an ETF that in turn invests passively in all the shares of the index.

Learn the results of a $80,000 share purchase cost test that found the least expensive way to invest in good value.  The keys to this portfolio are good value, low cost, minimal fuss and bother.  Plus a great savings of time.  Trading is minimal, usually not more than one or two shares are bought or sold in a year.  I wanted to find the very least expensive way to create and hold this portfolio so I performed a test.

The Test for Low Cost Trading

Research put every part of this portfolio in place, except knowing the best, easiest and least expensive way to buy.  A search for an optimal way to buy and hold boiled down to two methods.  One tactic to test was to use a unique online broker that appeared to offer the lowest cost deal.  The other approach was to use a community bank in Smalltown USA.  The small town bank that I use looks after my 401K trust account and their service is first class.  The benefit of small banks is that they still treat us as a human beings (instead of a number) and when we need, it’s easy to go right to the top to answer a question or get a problem resolved.  There are no call centers and the bank and the person looking after my account is just around the corner.

I created a test to see which offered the least expensive service.

Working with my banker in Smalltown USA,  I created two accounts, one at the online broker and the other at the bank. I placed $40,000 in each.

I set up the order for the country ETFs online, while my trust manager set up orders for the identical amounts of the same shares in his system.  Then we got on the phone, coordinated our timing and on a count of three each pushed the button “BUY”.

The results of this test  show how you can gain on any purchase of country ETFs.

In this special offer, you can get this online seminar FREE when you subscribe to our Personal investing Course.

Save $468.90 If You Act Now

Subscribe to the first year of The Personal investing Course (Pi).  The annual fee is $299, but to introduce you to this online, course that is based on real time investing, I am knocking $102 off the subscription.  Plus you receive FREE the $29.95 report “Three Currency Patterns for 50% Profits or More”, the $39.95 report “Silver Dip 2017” and our latest $297 online seminar for a total savings of $468.90.

ecuador-seminar

Triple Guarantee

Enroll in Pi.  Get the basic training, the 46 market value report, access to all the updates of the past two years, the two reports and the Value Investing Seminar right away. 

#1:  I guarantee you’ll learn ideas about investing that are unique and can reduce stress as they help you enhance your profits through slow, worry free, easy diversified investing.

If you are not totally happy, simply let me know.

#2:  I guarantee you can cancel your subscription within 60 days and I’ll refund your subscription fee in full, no questions asked.

#3:  You can keep the two reports and Value Investing Seminar as my thanks for trying.

You have nothing to lose except the fear.   You gain the ultimate form of financial security as you reduce risk and increase profit potential.

Subscribe to Pi now, get the 130 page basic training, the 120 page 46 market value analysis, access to over 100 previous Pifolio updates, the “Silver Dip 2017” and “Three Currency Patterns For 50% Profits or More” reports, and value investment seminar, plus begin receiving regular Pifolio updates throughout the year.

Subscribe to a Pi annual subscription for $197 and receive all the above.

Your subscription will be charged $299 a year from now, but you can cancel at any time.

Gary

 

Gary

(1) Dollar chart from pricedingold.com

(2) Grandfather Economic Report

 

Surprising New Survey Finds Many Retirees Plan on Moving in Retirement

Profits for Wealth and the Environment


One reason I like investing in timber is one can profit and help the environment at the same time.

Before we look at the money and the environmental elements let me hasten to warn you… I am prejudiced about trees.  I love them too much.

Douglas Fir

Limbs on a Douglas fir (click on photo to enlarge).

Sometimes the oddest things shape us… our lives… the way we feel about certain things.  Perhaps it was the experience of low hanging branches and the close limbs in the old stand Douglas fir forest behind my childhood home.   Those limbs made for easy climbing and I was always in those trees, climbing… building tree forts, watching the views from 100 feet up.   The trees were my friends!

This month’s issue of National Geographic has a must read article about a 3,200 year old Sequoia giant called, The President.

Nat Geo President Image

This picture is from that National Geographic article and this tree is just overwhelming to me. That little orange spot at the base is a man.  I have linked the article below because the photo is so outstanding that this small reproduction does not do it justice.  Be sure to read that article!

We have some huge old stand Hemlocks at our North Carolina farm as well.

merrily farms hemlcok

I am the green spot at the base and call these hemlocks, the Grandfathers.  They are no match in size for the old Douglas firs. They pale in comparison to the Sequoia… but I love them as well.  The hemlock has been attacked by the Wooly Adelgid blight on the US eat coast and we have spent thousands of dollars protecting these few old trees.

It’s good to be cautious when you read what I write about investing in trees.  I probably let my heart overly influence my pocketbook.

However investing in timber can be highly profitable and since there is a demand for wood… let’s cut stuff we grow specifically for lumber rather than cutting down the grand old stuff or any others!  What I like is to plant trees as a crop in areas that are bare and then harvest, sell, and replant.

Steve Rosberg is a good friend.  He was my banker in Ecuador for some years… more than a decade ago and then he returned to his homeland of Argentina and started two agricultural businesses… one in timber… one in vineyards. Here are Steve’s insights on investing in timber in Argentina… Uruguay and Ecuador… plus there are valuable tips about investing in timber anywhere.

The Economics of Timberland Investment – Ushay’s Outlook

By Steve Rosberg

timber

Argentine Timber.

“Timberland is an alternative asset class with a proven record of dependable returns.  It possesses unique qualities that offer an inflation hedge for portfolios making it especially attractive in today’s volatile economy.


Timber stumpage is a commodity whose price has historically tracked population growth and GDP.  Timberland offers owners the ability to hedge down markets by storing inventory on the stump, all while it grows.  Purchased conservatively, timberland offers great opportunities to add diversified revenue streams to your portfolio.” The University of Georgia – Center for Forest Business.

The Global Perspective

Forests have been providing essential services to mankind – to all inhabitants of the biosphere – since the beginning of time.

In our age, this ranges from the tangible uses such as firewood, construction material, pulp for industry, chemicals – and so, on and on – and less immediately visible outputs such as soil erosion protection, water and air cycle services, three-dimensional habitat allowing the development of great biodiversity, and a host of others. We want forests, we need forests for our survival.

Nature provided the planet with a great stock of forests, which mankind has been using forever. Total forested surface is decreasing – based on the last FAO statistic that I saw – at about 1% a year.

Use of forest products grows together with population growth and GDP growth.

We see the writing on the wall of rising population and rising GDP.

The responses to these trends follow two lines of action:

−    Attempts to protect natural forests from further reductions. This is important, as natural forests are very rich habitats and clearing them destroys their diversity irrevocably. Recreation of natural forests takes incredibly long time, and is always a different outcome than what was there before.

−    Substitute timber sources (and other forestry services) with plantation forests as much as possible, thus relieving the natural forests from the pressure.

Plantation forests are still only a small portion of total forested surfaces, but are already taking a lot of the pressure off some of natural forests’ more prized trees and massive industrial uses of their timber. Plantation latifoliate species are replacing the hardwoods with timber of similar characteristics at a fraction of the price. And they are doing so sustainably.

Plantation forests are generally monocultures – one or two species over great tracts of land – and tend to get environmentalists complaining of the loss of diversity. They are not wrong, in the same way that farming wheat, corn,  sunflower, soy, or any agricultural venture is a monoculture of similar characteristics. The real discussion is not about “good-bad” but about complex cost-benefit conditions in different situations. Except for the case in which a natural forest is clear-cut to make way for a plantation forest (yes, it happens …) the economic and the environmental balance tips in favor of plantations.

As you can see, when we talk of timberland investment, we need to define our terms. It can refer to buying an asset that will contain natural forest for preservation, for clearing and regrowth, for gradual selective use on a presumably sustainable basis, or to an asset containing a plantation forest. These are all “timberland” – but all essentially different assets, and completely different businesses.

Timber prices vary enormously, as timber tends to have a very low price per volume and transportation costs take on a very high incidence in the price a tree is worth on the stump.

Generally speaking, prices for timber on the stump will be those that the mills (sawmills, pulp or chipboard) are willing to pay, minus freight, handling, and cutting costs. Of these, other than the actual mill price, freight is the largest factor.

A corollary of this is that timber too far from industry may not be economically viable to harvest, so merely having thousands of acres of timberland is not an adequate measure of economic value.

Aside from stumpage price, the factors determining the profitability of a plantation are related to production cost, the dominant factors being land price and tree-growth speed.

Forestry is conceptually very much like a zero-coupon bond: you buy it today, and hold it to maturity, with no cash flow in between.

What you pay in up-front is the land value (there are other alternatives, but this works to get our ideas on the same page), planting costs, care and management until harvest. You may have some  income along the way from thinning and revenue from cattle grazing.

Comercially viable trees grow at different speeds in different places. For pines, in Canada and northern Europe it will take around 60 to 65 years. In southern US, where they get more light, it’s faster, around 30 years. In Corrientes, Argentina, around 15 years.

Obviously, for similarly priced land, and similarly priced trees, the fastest growing is the more profitable.

Whatever the particular equation, I think the following graph – drawn up by the University of Georgia – highlights  forestry’s central attraction: most of its growth in value comes from biology.

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Clearly, this graph will be different for each region of the planet, but I think the central driver will be equally predominant.

In short, from a global perspective, we have diminishing forest stocks, growing numbers of people demanding forest products, growing uses for forest products (with no substitute product on the horizon) and the ability to gradually balance the trends with plantation forests. The renewed use of forest-sourced biomass for energy will promote the growth of plantation forests and make them significantly more profitable, as will be discussed below.

What Type Timber Investment Vehicles?

From now on, all we will consider are plantation forests of a commercial nature (i.e. planted with profit in mind). For readers with acute environmental sensitivity, we stand by our statement that this is generally an environmentally positive investment from a preservation of natural forests perspective, and also an extremely efficient means of carbon sequestration.

All other forest-type investments fall into categories that are not profit-driven, so making comparisons becomes subjective .

There are also a number of different ways to hold timberland investments:

– You own the land, and the forest.

This is the cleanest situation, which forces you to appraise the property’s characteristics, determine its potential, budget and forecast, plant, care and harvest. There are TIMOs – timber investment management organizations – who will help you run this investment. Some will do pooled investment projects, so that you don’t need to be a zillionaire to have an economically viable plantation.

This type of investment is generally illiquid – you don’t go and sell a plot of land, or a participation in one – in the blink of an eye, it takes about as long as any other real-estate transaction. But, if you have the carrying capacity and foresight to separate your long term investments from your liquidity requirements, you benefit from:

– the intimate knowledge of the property (maximizes potential) and funding structure (minimizes surprises)

– buying the land at face value

– planting and caring for the trees at cost

– paying for the management at cost.

By now, you have probably realized that if you could hold a number of these investments, with tree-harvests scaled every year, or two years, in the same way that you can step your time-deposit maturities, you could be getting annuities with timber’s high returns, putting a little aside for replanting, and going on for another cycle, and so on indefinitely.

– You can also buy a REIT, or a listed company owning timberland

This form of investment has the great advantage over direct ownership that the asset is listed, and you have instant liquidity.

Now, to the flip side of the coin:

– They tend to have other assets bunched in there, like industry, for example. Which is fine if you want that, but it distorts the nature of “timberland” as an asset class.

– More importantly, in my opinion, is the fact that they tend to have hefty liabilities. To take an example, Plum Creek’s year-end debt was 47% of its assets in 2011. Now, aside from your timberland asset, you have interest rate management exposure, and credit renewal risk thrown in there. This is leverage, it can be wonderful. Or not. It is leverage, not timberland.

– The market prices for these assets is based on their cash flow expectation, which means, by discounting expected future revenues. The interest rate becomes your determining factor for pricing these assets. If it is low, you will buy timberland with low yields as the price will be high. Of course, you could argue that this will allow you to buy cheap timberland in high interest times, and have capital gains when the rates fall, and it’s true. But why not then trade interest rate options?

– Sometimes, the companies’ revenues are derived from purchases and sales of land. Which is also fine, but not “timberland investment”, which was the asset class we were looking at.

In short, REITs and timber companies may be wonderful investments, or not, but do not necessarily represent the asset class you are considering, and – most probably – the market will have taken a lot of the upside out of the underlying asset by the time you get to it.

The Need for a More Local Focus

The tremendous dispersion in timber growth speeds, and end-market conditions for timber, requires that in evaluating a timberland investment we take a more local focus. We need to scratch the surface and understand the rationale for holding any single property, or sets of properties. We are dealing with communities of living beings, that grow, mature and die, and if we are to make the most of such an investment, need to take this into account during their life-span.

As you saw above, the dispersion in timber growth rates is enormous, as is also the distance to industry in each case, both factors affecting profitability.

A key consideration is how will the investment be funded due to the very long growth cycles, with no significant cash flow. We mentioned earlier that if timberland will be funded with credit, unless the tenor of the credit matches the tree-growth period, there is a serious roll-over risk. Or should we say “inability to roll over” risk. Actually, it is two risks: the risk that there is nobody willing to roll over at maturity time – something which was inconceivable in first world economies until 2008, but which has been common in developing world. And the risk that the interest rate prevailing at renewal time is very high. In fact, it could be higher than the biological growth rate of the trees.

How Ushay has Structured its Business

We develop timberland investment projects in Corrientes Province, in Northeastern Argentina. We do so in such a way that each property is held in an individual trust, and investors buy participations in the trusts. This gives them collectively title to the land, the trees, and every business that is done on the property.

Each property is analyzed in depth to determine it’s best potential, and the investment project is designed around that.

Investors fund the project, and there is no financial debt associated with it, thus eliminating the risk of an asset being erased from the face of the earth due to leverage, which we have all become too familiar with in recent times.

Minumum investment size is USD 50,000 (earlier projects had a USD 100,000 minimum).  This allows investors to gradually build a portfolio of properties maturing over the years, as we expand into new projects.

Growth rates for pine and eucalyptus in Corrientes is as high as it gets – anywhere in the world – as is shown in Jaako Poyri’s graph below:

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All of our properties are in a radius of 6 miles, allowing for cost-efficient operation. All are on paved roads. All are within 25 miles of the nearest city. Our projected acquisitions for the coming years all fit these categories, although land prices will not wait for us.

Industrial investment – third parties’ and arranged by us – is coming in the area, driven in part by Brazil, only 60 miles away, with a very avid demand for timber products. The new industry will eventually allow us to at least double our projected stumpage prices, which means that all our projects’ projected yields will be much higher than the initial estimates.

Another plus is the fiscal treatment of timberland in Argentina, as it is virtually income-tax free (the growth of the timber as appraised year by year is exempt) and there are land tax and asset tax exemptions. In this, it is unique, and for investors not taxed on global revenue, this is an exceptional plus.

Pricing and Comparisons    

The chart below shows US timberland prices in USD per acre as reported by Brookfield Asset Management.

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Our El Carrizal Forestry Trust is currently selling for USD 1,500 per acre. Unlike the graph at right, the Carrizal price has projected management and upkeep for the duration of the forest included in the initial investment.

To Summarize:

The investor in an Ushay timberland project should expect to take away between 5 and 6 times his initial investment in a 15 year period adjusted for inflation, and still be left with the initial investment ready for another cycle.

New industry in the area will improve this equation even more.

Low entry levels per project allow the investor to “ladder” investments over time so as to create a portfolio of timberland properties with harvests in successive years. As the land goes right back into production for another cycle, this can be structured to be a perpetual source of family wealth.

And, if an investor owns a SUV, he can tell his conscience and neighbors to forget about his carbon footprint.

Timber investments can be profitable and more. They are to me… the ultimate dimensional investment.

Here is our North Carolina summer home (upper right).

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We have a wonderful cool place to live and for me to play surrounded by a green inventory that grows in value.  Plus it serves as a great seminar center allowing delegates to enjoy the forests.  With our sustainable forestry, we can continually improve the forest and if due to low prices or because we love the trees too much, and we do not harvest then the value just keeps rising.

The first property we ever purchased in Ecuador (and one we do not plan to sell) is our hacienda Rosaspamba… almost 1,000 acres of forest… a lot of it virgin timber.  We let locals farm it on a growing reserve of potential, rich farmland, timber… and fresh air and a bold trout river.  The place where we can really get away in the Land of the Sun.

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These are what Merri and I consider great multi dimensional values.  We invite you to learn more about farming and timber in South America and the USA.

Gary

Learn Spanish as you learn about South American farming and timber.  Meet Steve Rosberg in Argentina or Uruguay.  Steve will provide a presentation about timber and agricultural investments during the Super Thinking + Spanish courses in Montevideo this February.  Join Our Super Spanish teacher, Spiro Michas, and Steve Rosberg as you learn to speak Spanish in three days and find out more about timber and agricultural investments in Argentina and Uruguay.

Read National Geographic article Snow Tree

 

13 Reasons for a Farm


See 13 and more reasons to invest in a multi dimensional farm below.

Does this look like a high tech internet marketing genius?  He is… our webmaster David Cross working on his farm. He is multi dimensional!

He just created a new website that readers can enjoy called watertheroots.com.

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Click on photo to enlarge.  To read David’s Watertheroots.com site, click here

More and more people are creating multi dimensional lifestyles that include farming.  They earn income in two ways… one is the production of food.  The purchasing power of money may disappear.  Eating will always remain in demand.

Merri and I are publishers but also have two income producing farms.  David, as you can see at Watertheroots, is a website specialist…. but has his farm.

Another friend has now jumped on the multi dimensional bandwagon.  Merri and I spent our weekend with friends, Mark and Vanessa Owens, from Naples, Florida.  Mark has been a real estate broker and very successful general contractor but has now leased an 11 acre farm where he is growing organic crops to sell in health food stores and organic markets.

Having a multi dimensional life in Smalltown USA makes sense now.

Excepts from a recent USA Today article entitled “Wealth rises in USA’s heartland” written by Dennis Cauchon shows why.

The article (bolds are mine) says: Personal income in the USA’s metro regions and counties and the percentage change from 2007, before the recession and financial crisis.

Small-town America is better off: Inflation-adjusted income is up 3.8% per person since 2007.

The nation’s oil and gas boom is driving up income so fast in a few hundred small towns and rural areas that it’s shifting prosperity to the nation’s heartland, a USA TODAY analysis of government data shows.

The 261 million people who live in cities and suburbs still haven’t recovered earning power lost in the economic downturn. Average income per person fell 3.5% in metropolitan areas between 2007 and 2011 after adjusting for inflation, according to data released Monday by the federal Bureau of Economic Analysis.

By contrast, small-town America is better off than before: Inflation-adjusted income is up 3.8% per person since 2007 for the 51 million in small cities, towns and rural areas.

The energy boom and strong farm prices have reversed, at least temporarily, a long-term trend of money flowing to cities.  Last year, small places saw a 3% growth in income per person vs. 1.8% in urban areas.

Small-town prosperity is most noticeable in North Dakota, now the nation’s No. 2 oil-producing state. Six of the top 10 counties are above the state’s Bakken oil field.  “Give us a little shale, and we’ll show some pretty good income growth, too,” says Bill Connors, president of the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce in neighboring Idaho.

The Boise area’s rank in income per person plummeted from 139th to 251st among metro areas from 2007 to 2011, the biggest drop of any place except Las Vegas, which suffered largely because of high-tech layoffs and a real estate price collapse.

The famous adage of “follow the money” makes sense and in this series we’ll see numerous reasons beyond farming and shale why the money is shifting to Smalltown USA.

Those looking to move their next life’s adventure abroad will find sense in farming as well.

Jean Marie Butterlin who conducts Ecuador farm tours sent this note:

Why an agriculture investment in Ecuador makes a lot of sense NOW!

We have been writing a lot about Ecuador agriculture investing in the last 2 years when not a lot of people were talking about that type of investment;

In the last few months a lot of what we said then, has even become more relevant :

Here are 13 reasons why :

1- GMO is a failure: even the Big Chemical Companies’ specialists agree, that the GMO promises that were made in early 2000 have lead to some serious disasters esp. in India where yields have come down drastically and the use of herbicide is now higher than with the non GMO crops.

2- We have talked at length about inexpensive arable land in Ecuador. One new factor in Ecuador is the recognition by some local investors that putting their money in good land is a logical decision. About half of the land that we had for sale a year ago has been sold to Ecuadorians; this alone shows that Ecuador land is a good value.

3- World population is growing even faster than before and food supply is limited. Food prices have gone steadily in the last 2 years. Diversification is growing and a lot of arable land disappears every year from the planet.

4- There are only 3 criteria when investing in agriculture, water, water and water.  This is the reason that we have only been offering land with sufficient water availability all year round.

5 – Ecuador has good and cheap labor: although we have seen some wage increases Ecuador still has a large untapped pool of good and inexpensive labor.

6 – Ecuador has improved infrastructure in the last 2 years: the roads in Manabi for example are much better and it is much easier to get to the Manta port.

7 – The local domestic market: Ecuador still is in need for more supply of locally grown crops like plantain which yield all year long very nice profits.

8 – Ecuador due to its special location on the Equator line has a nice climate and can produce up to 4 harvests per year.

9 – There are lots of crops that are difficult to grow elsewhere and yet grow easily in Ecuador, which means less competition and better prices.

10 – Land prices are rising now but are still cheaper than in Chile, Uruguay or Brazil.

11 – Chinese are buying everywhere around Ecuador; one day they will discover it too.

12 –  Climate changes have wrought havoc in some countries and have brought a lot of crop destruction and/or lower yields.

13 – In 5 years I predict the good agriculture investment opportunities in Ecuador will be gone.

We have seen more and more people coming down to Ecuador asking us to find them smaller farms where they could be self sustainable and make a good living at the same time.

That is why we are offering  our Small farm tour  which includes 2 days of farm showing and one day of real estate in the Bahia area.

Space is limited and the number of farms available are limited also. Good small farms with water, close to cities, are hard to find.

Prosper in Change

In the complicated, rapidly changing global economy it often seems hard to know what to do next.   The more complicated the problem, the more simplicity is required.

The simplest law of commerce is that everyone must eat!

A growing global population creates increased demand.  The supply of land and water is finite so the cost of food is likely to rise.  This formula suggests that multi dimensional earning that includes agriculture and makes great sense now.

Gary

Here is a way to look at Ecuador farm property.

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Imagine having a multi dimensional opportunity like this.

There are opportunities to own an Ecuador farm with a combination of beach front and agriculture.

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Delegates visiting Ecuador farm on beachfront with multi dimensional opportunity.

Learn about Ecuador farm tours here.

Farm and write to sell as Merri and I and our webmaster do.

Seven P Secrets of Self Publishing

When you write, you can work anywhere. 

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Here I am working poolside in the winter, at our Florida farm.

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Here I am with our hound Ma, working during the summer at our North Carolina farm.

Learn how to earn everywhere, while living anywhere you choose.  I have been able to earn by writing in Hong Kong, England, the Isle of Man, Dominican Republic and Ecuador to name a few of the place I have lived.  Everywhere I have been… too numerous to share here, I have been able to work.

All I need is my laptop.

That’s all you need too… a laptop to be free!

Before computers, a pencil and pad did the job.

Freedom is just one benefit you can gain from writing.

Another benefit is income.   Writing has brought me both our farms, free and clear… plus a lot more.

Another good example of earning potential is my friend Hugh Howey.   He was working for $10 an hour in a book store when he self published his novel Wool, typing in a storage room during his lunch breaks.

Soon he was earning over $100,000 a month on Amazon.com.  This helped secure a six-figure book deal from Simon & Schuster, and an option for film by Ridley Scott, director of Blade Runner and Alien.

That’s what he’s doing now.

Hugh Howey

Sometimes Hugh and I get together at my  farm and play chess (he beats me badly).

Writers like High are great inspirations.

A couple of years ago Hugh  left Florida, and moved to South Africa.  He had a sailing catamaran built for him and now can sail the world while he continues to write.

Hugh explained it like this: And that’s the miracle of working as a writer: I can do it from anywhere and everywhere. The past few years, I’ve done a lot of writing from airplanes and airports while on business trips abroad.  SAND was entirely written overseas while traveling through seven different countries; I think it’s a better story because of those inspirations.  In upcoming years, I may be writing near your home port.

Hugh’s a super star writer and his success could not happen to a more deserving and talented person.  He pours enormous energy into being worthy of his readership.  But you do not have to be a million dollar a year earner or a traveler to benefit from writing.

The good news is… you do not need a huge success to have a rich and fulfilled lifestyle.  Self Publishing can bring you a life that most people only dream of, as a journeyman writer, instead of a super star.

May I hastily add that the path to stardom begins as a journeyman… so the journeyman’s path brings success without stardom… but can also lead to stardom.

What most success stories like Hugh’s rarely explain is the many hours of writing that was devoted before their self published book sales soared.   Hugh, like most writers were journeymen first.  Stardom came later.

Here are sevens secrets that can help you become a journeyman writer. 

The secrets are a writer’s armory of tools that allows almost anyone to create successful publications for income, freedom and fulfillment.

Take Merri’s and my publishing business as an example.  

Merri and I are not writing stars.  We are journeymen who have for more than 40 years, year in and year out, earned solid income writing and self publishing dozens of publications about multiple subjects.

Some years that income has been more than solid… over a million dollars.  Yet in terms of stardom, we are hardly known.

In a moment you’ll see why that’s fine for us and probably will be for you too.

First some history.

Merri became involved in self publishing over 40 years ago… first helping a veterinarian publish a book on a very specific market… animal acupuncture. Then she showed a needle point artist how to sell more books to an even more specific audience… “needle point enthusiasts”  about her needle point work to an audience larger than the population of the city she lived in.  This led Merri to eventually become Executive Editor of an award winning magazine in Florida.

My story allowed Merri and me to work and live from Hong Kong to London to Europe to Eastern Europe, then the Caribbean and then Ecuador… making millions in the process of following our adventures… having fun… while helping a large readership adapt to a rapidly changing world.

That’s what self publishing can bring, profit, adventure and fulfillment, a great feeling of worth and wonder.

Self Publishing has created exactly the lifestyle we desire allowing us to span the world and work with meaning and purpose.

Self Publishing has become a new business art form. 

The seven secrets can help you start your own self publishing business now.

Everything in publishing is new and exciting and changing.  Publishing is being recreated by the wonderful power of destructive technology.

Everything is new… except the seven secrets. 

Change in the publishing industry is disturbing many.   We love this evolution due to these seven secrets we call the 7Ps.  The 7 Ps are so fundamental to writing and publishing that new technology enhances rather than reduces their power.

The First P is Passion.

Whatever your passion, you can immerse yourself in it AND create income with self publishing.  This can be your direct ticket to the kind of fulfillment you’ve always wanted.

Whether you want to travel the world or live as a recluse, work 12 hours a day or not work much at all,  you can set your schedule to succeed, if you’re willing to learn these seven secrets.

You can start part-time with any dream, passion, and budget.  Once you’ve created a product, you’ll enjoy the “multiple effect” of producing profits over and over again.

So the question is… What do you love to do?

What’s Your Passion:  An example is that thirty years ago, a client of Merri’s had a passion to help people who were in pain?  He published a series of pamphlets explaining various chiropractic disorders in very simple terms.  For example: “What Is Whiplash?”

The pamphlets contained solid information, but were simple 5″ x 7″ brochures with drawings and explanations. He sold them with a rack to chiropractors, who put them in their offices for patients to read.  These little self-published items sold year in and year out for decades.

There are thousands of ideas of this sort that can lead to big business.  It’s just a matter of defining and then acting on your passion.

Although I can work when I please and go where I wish, for me the most important reason for being a publisher is the satisfaction it brings. 

I love the projects I take on, so work doesn’t feel like, well… work.

What do you love?  If you love golf, then you can write and sell publications about golf.  Love travel, fishing, dogs, dolls, or art?  Write and sell publications in these fields.

Are you concerned about crime, war, poverty or environmental issues?  You can publish information products that help reduce these concerns.

Would you like to help the world be a more spiritual place?  Publish a newsletter, write a book (or hire someone to write it for you), record a tape… publish something that enlightens people.

Whatever your passion, you can immerse yourself in it and earn income by publishing for ereaders, print on demand, CDs, lists, bound books, or any format you choose.

Be immersed in your passion and get paid well for it. 

This is why stardom is not the main goal for most writers and self publishers.  Extra income, more freedom and fulfillment are usually more than enough enough.

The seven Ps are:

#1: Passion

#2: Problem

#3: Person

#4: Profitably Priced Product

#5: Prospecting Pathway

#6: Promise

#7: Presentation

The first time I exposed others to the secrets in Self Publishing was in a weekend “Writer’s Camp” seminar.  We offered the camp for $1,500. 80 delegates enrolled.  People from all walks of life attended—chiropractors, businessmen, investors, doctors, realtors, inventors, airline pilots, engineers, and housewives.

Merri and I were so overwhelmed by the response, we decided to make it available to a larger audience.  We created a written course based on our current self publishing activity called “Self Fulfilled – How to be a Self Publisher.”  Then we recorded the weekend “Writer’s Camp” seminar.

Thousands have used the course as it has evolved over the decades.

You can receive both the written course and the recorded weekend seminar, in an MP3 file, in a special “Live Well and Free Anywhere” program I am making available to you.  The normal fee is $299 for the written course and $299 for the recorded workshop.   I’ll send you both the course and the recorded workshop and my course “International Business Made EZ (also $299) all for $299.  You save $598.

We are so confident that you’ll gain from this offer that if you are not fully satisfied, simply email us within 60 days for a full refund .

These courses are not theoretical.  They describe, step-by-step, how Merri and I built a million-dollar international business and how we are running this self publishing business right now.   We use the 7Ps today just as we did four decades ago to create a strong annual income.

This correspondence course is for those who would like their own international self publishing micro business for fun and profit. If you want fun, freedom, extra income and fulfillment with your own full or part time writing or want to build your existing business, by writing to sell you can profit from this course.  The course can help who want their own business or who want to have a business together or a family business.  This is the perfect course for those who can no longer find employment, who are looking for ways to earn abroad and who wish to retire and supplement their income.

Whether you are retired, an investor, chiropractor, doctor, dentist, professional or already own your own business, this offers another way to make money, to turn your passion into profit. We guarantee that we have shared all we know to help you start and run your own international business.  Enjoy and live a life of following your Passion to Profit… through writing.

Here is a special offer. 

We provide two emailed courses  “Self Fulfilled – How to Write to Sell and be a Self Publisher” and “International Business Made EZ”.

We include the “Self Fulfilled Writing and Self Publishing Course” because there are two reasons to write, when you have something to say or when you have something to sell.  In this day and age many of us want to do both, make a statement that makes the world a better place and earn something extra in the process. 

Whatever your passion, however you do business, chances are you’ll be writing either to create a product or to sell a product. 

You save more than $598 because you also receive a recorded webinar conducted by our webmaster David Cross (at no extra cost).

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David Cross

David has been our webmaster since our website began in the 1990s.  He is Merri’s and my business partner. We could not run our business as we do without him.

Learn the tactics we use in our web business that condenses 27 years of practical experience about search engine optimization, and writing for search engines.

For the last 27 years David has worked with companies large and small – IBM, Agora Publishing, AstraZeneca and many small business owners.  He has worked in 22 countries, and lived in six of them.

David’s clients span the globe and represent companies and charities both large and small.  From corporate giants to small, one-woman businesses and everything from finance, healthcare, publishing, technology, real estate, veterinarians, alternative health centers and everything in between.

David is an essential part of our web based business.

Myles Norin, CEO of Agora, Inc.  wrote:  “I have found David’s knowledge and experience unmatched in the industry.  Without David’s expertise and guidance for the past 7 years, we would not be nearly as successful as we are.”

As Senior Internet Consultant to Agora Inc. in Baltimore, MD, he worked closely with Agora’s publishers and marketers and – over a 7-year period – helped to propel Agora’s online revenues from around $20 million to well over $300 million.

David’s webinar will help you gain benefits in your micro business that large internet marketing companies use.  In this practical recorded workshop you will learn valuable skills to help your micro business.

There has never been a time when the opportunity for small businesses abroad has been so outstanding.  Expand your borders now!  Increase your economic security freedom, independence and success.

If you are not fully satisfied that this offers you enormous value simply email us for a full refund within 60 days.  You can keep all three courses as our thanks for giving our courses a try.

You also receive a report  “How to use Relaxed Concentration to Brainstorm Business Ideas” and a recorded workshop “How to Become and Remain Rich With Relaxed Concentration” at no additional cost.

Plus you get more in the program.

You receive regular writing and self publishing updates for a year.  Businesses usually need to evolve.  Merri and I continue to publish and have our independent businesses.  Some basics have remained for decades, but new strategies occur all the time throughout the year.  We’ll be sending along updates that share our most recent experiences as we learn and continue to grow our international micro business from Smalltown USA.

My special offer to you in this “Live Well and Free Anywhere Program”, is that you receive:

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The Simplest Investments – Water I


As the world grows more complex the simplest investments can be the best.

Not much can be simpler than food, shelter and water.

On the subject of food… look towards local and non GMO.  There is a great movie “Genetic Roulette”.  It is still free for a few more days at www.geneticroulettemovie.com

Our sites will be looking increasingly at CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture) and local food investments in Ecuador and Smalltown USA.

Our sites have long looked at the benefits of investing in water.

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Part of a complex of Andean water sharing system above Cotacachi.

This is what I wrote at this site in 2001.

White ridges of wetness crash on sodden rock ripped by roaring currents that lash the creek bank and swell over its edge. Gushes of brown spray strain at greying wood. They sing a rushing song in harmony with the groaning bridge. Smells of damp leap through the willows. I feel this soggy touch and taste a pure, sweet cleansing that stings my lips. Just before I headed for the equator we had a long warm spell and torrents of rain. This melted the snow mass and turned our gentle creek into a lashing cascade. I stood on one of the small bridges that cross the creek and thought how blessed we are here with water. It falls on us, rushes down our creeks, bubbles up through the grass, springs from the hills and cascades from cracks in the rocks.

This is no mistake. Merri and I began looking for land with two goals, have altitude (to avoid air conditioning in summer and mosquitoes anytime) and have an abundance of water. We certainly attained both at Merrily Farms.

I have been writing for several years in my written World Reports that it makes sense to invest in water. When I was growing up in Portland we didn’t think it special to be able to drink sparkling clear Bull Run water fresh from the tap. Then I began to travel and was amused. The poor French, Mexicans and people in places where they could not drink water unless it was bottled! Ha ha, how strange I thought. How little did I know?

But where I really became aware of the growing water supply problem was when I returned to Florida. The diluted chlorine mixture coming from our tap in Naples was not only expensive but barely drinkable. And Merri’s Mom in Macon, Georgia was the first house after the chlorinization plant. The tap water would make your eyes burn!  I became concerned. Then when returning on a trip to visit my Mom in Portland I discovered that previously sweet pure water was chemically foul as well.

This was when I first became concerned.

We are too many. Too dirty.  Our water is too little.

So I started writing about investing in water. But where? There are a couple of big European public companies, Perrier, Generale des Euax, etc., but when I looked in the U.S. I couldn’t find anything. Checked a few of the small water bottlers and found most of them already owned by the Europeans. So how?

One way is to own land with water. That’s why Merri and I decided to go to the source and buy land with springs .
Each of our houses has its own gravity fed water supply from one of four separate springs. There are dozens of other springs on the land plus three rushing creeks.

But the granddaddy of them all is the “Indian Trough”. This is a huge spring where about three gallons a minute pours out of a large rock formation. It is a historic site because the natives here viewed it as sacred (when this land was their hunting lands). They gouged a trough in the rocks so they could drink from the spring face and their horses could water from the trough.

The water is said to be medicinal (one of our Shaman friends said it is especially good for urinary tract problems) and the locals have come here to collect it for generations. Mainly for their health, but one neighbor said his father was a famous moonshiner and only used this water to make his moonshine! The locals still come up to collect it and a dear friend whose brother was passing asked for some to take to the hospice. To drink this water was his brother’s dying wish.

We are blessed with this water and have built a wonderful Japanese Cedar Soaking Tub deep in the woods. The spring (which comes out at exactly 48 degree temperature year round) fills the 450 gallon tub (it can accommodate six people). A wood burning snorkel stove with heat exchangers is immersed in the water and heats it to the temperature desired (usually a little over 100 degrees). After the soak (and drinking lots of water while there) the tub is drained and filled again so no chemicals are needed.

This is one way I invest in water. But where else can we invest? This is a tricky question for me as I lack experience in the water industry.

Here are a few thoughts. Look at any industry that deals in water filtering or purification. Companies that build desalination plants would make sense and of course bottlers. There are several problems. One is pollution in the water. Another is not enough fresh water for drinking, cleaning and irrigation. Another problem is not enough of the right types of water in the right place.

This was good advice a decade ago and still is.

A September 26, 2012 USA TODAY article entitled “Nation’s water costs rushing higher” by Kevin McCoy, with Oliver St. John and Tom McGarrity contributing said:  While most Americans worry about gas and heating oil prices, water rates have surged in the past dozen years, according to a USA TODAY study of 100 municipalities. Prices at least doubled in more than a quarter of the locations and even tripled in a few.

Consumers could easily overlook the steady drip, drip, drip of water rate hikes, yet the cost of this necessity of life has outpaced the percentage increases of some of these other utilities, carving a larger slice of household budgets in the process.

“I don’t know how they expect people to keep paying more for water with the cost of gas and day care and everything else going up,” complains Jacquelyn Moncrief, 60, a Philadelphia homeowner who says the price hikes would force her to make food-or-water decisions.

The trend toward higher bills is being driven by:

— The cost of paying off the debt on bonds municipalities issue to fund expensive repairs or upgrades on aging water systems.

— Increases in the cost of electricity, chemicals and fuel used to supply and treat water.

The costs continue to rise even though residential water usage dropped sharply nationwide in the past three decades amid conservation efforts.

U.S. water systems will need as much as $1 trillion in infrastructure improvements by 2035 to keep up with drinking water needs, according to a survey of industry experts released in June.

The bond debt needed to fund those projects’ work will be passed on to consumers, including the many Americans struggling with the economic fallout of the great recession.

A virtually irreplaceable resource that Americans rely on for health and daily living “could potentially get more and more expensive,” says John Chevrette, who heads the management consulting arm of Black & Veatch, the firm that conducted the industry survey.

He predicts rate increases of 5% to 15% every few years, saying the cost of water “could take a larger and more significant bite out of otherwise disposable income.”

A 2010 report by the Water Research Foundation, a non-profit organization that studies drinking water issues, concluded that residential usage per customer dropped more than 380 gallons annually in the last 30 years, a changing era when conservation became more prevalent. Compounded over time, the report says the trend implies that a customer would have used 11,673 fewer gallons in 2008 than an identical customer in 1978, a 13.2% decline.

As a result, many water agencies have been forced to raise rates.

“When we explain that part of the reason you’re paying more is because you’re using less, that doesn’t go over real well with a lot of people,” says Joseph Clare, the Philadelphia Water Department’s deputy commissioner for finance and
administration.

The 2012 drought that continues to hold roughly half the nation in its grip has also had an impact on some water rates.

These charts from this USA Today article shows how much water rates have risen.

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These increases seem high but…

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other cities have had higher rises and…

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these areas had the worst water rate increases!

Now that so much of the world has been suffering droughts… this idea grows in value.

I invest in water in numerous ways.

First, I buy land with water in Smalltown USA and Ecuador.

Good water was a main prerequisite when we searched for our Smalltown USA farm.

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Little Horse Creek on our farm.

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Mossy creek on our farm.

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A sacred spring called the Indian Trough is a historical site on our farm and along with dozens of other springs  is our source of water… for drinking.

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Water flowing from the sacred Indian Trough Spring.

The spring feeds our deep woods Ofuru, our pond and helps fill the creek.

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Merrily Farms Ofuru… we soak at 107 degrees.

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Our pond at Merrily Farms.

In this series we’ll look at water rights in Ecuador, water shares, how readers have been using Bio Wash on crops to reduce the impact of  dry conditions.

Gary

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Dollar chart from pricedingold.com (1)

The Fed has let the dollar lose most of its strength plus has allowed interest rates to fall so low, that safe investments cannot keep pace with the drop in purchasing power.

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Chart from Grandfather Economic Report (2)

Many investors have forgotten about the risk of a falling dollar because the greenback has been strong for the past five years.  This temporary dollar strength came after the great recession of 2009 just as there was temporary dollar strength after the great recession of the 1980s.  Then about six years after the recession, an agreement was made by major governments to weaken the dollar.

There was a severe global economic recession affecting much of the developed world in the late 1970s and early 1980s.  The United States and Japan exited the recession relatively early, but high unemployment would continue to affect Europe and the UK through to at least 1985.  As a consequence between 1980 and 1985, the US dollar had appreciated by about 50% against the Japanese yen, Deutsche mark, French franc and British pound, the currencies of the next four biggest economies at the time. Then the governments reached an agreement and exchange rate values of the dollar versus the yen declined by 51% from 1985 to 1987.

Now the world is again in the same place.  The recession is over.  Europe is a bit behind in recovery and the dollar is higher than before the recession.

There is no reason for the greenback to be  strong.

The agreement in 1985 was called the Plaza Accord.   Over just two years the greenback dropped nearly 50% versus other major currencies.  The next accord will generate great profits for those who know what to do while it ruins the purchasing power of dollar back investments.

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One reason for the potential gains is that stock markets and currency values are cyclical.  Due to low interest rates created by the 2009 economic downturn, the US and a few other equity markets have risen to some of their highest prices, ever.  These markets offer very poor value now.  The steep valuation creates incredible profit potential but also hides some enormous risks.  Learn how to develop an investing strategy based of earnings, cash flows, dividends and book values to increase potential for profit and reduce the risks.

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Over the history of US equity markets, the  price of overall markets have risen about 9.1 percent, respectively, compounded annually.  Yet over more than a hundred years of stock market activity,  a majority of the profits have come from just a very few dramatic breakouts.

Equity markets are ruled in the short term by emotions that create unpredictable ups and downs.  Numerous fears of defaults, worries of double dip recessions, high unemployment, concerns about fiscal cliffs, hold investors back.  Yet global population growth and advances in production and prosperity are relentless economic fundamentals that increase value.

When fear holds back a a fundamentally rising value, rising profit potential grows.  Values increase as prices stagnate.  Then markets break free and rocket upwards creating wealth, prosperity and growth.

Find out which breakouts are likely to take place next.

Stocks rise from the cycle of war, productivity and demographics. Cycles create recurring profits. Economies and stock markets cycle up and down around every 15 years as shown in this graph.

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The effect of war cycles on the US Stock Market since 1906.

Bull and bear cycles are based on cycles of human interaction, war, technology and productivity.  Economic downturns create war.

Here is the war stock cycle.  Military struggles (like the Civil War, WWI, WWII and the Cold War: WWIII) super charge inventiveness that creates new forms of productivity…the steam engine, the internal combustion engine,  production line processes, jet engines, TV, farming techniques, plastics, telephone, computer and lastly during the Cold War, the internet.  The military technology shifts to domestic use.  A boom is created that leads to excess.  Excess leads to correction. Correction creates an economic downturn and again to war.

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* How to improve safety and increase profit with leverage and staying power.  The seminar reveals Warren Buffett’s value investing strategy from research published at Yale University’s website.  This research shows that the stocks Buffet chooses are safe (with low beta and low volatility), cheap (value stocks with low price-to-book ratios), and high quality (stocks of companies that are profitable, stable, growing, and with high payout ratios), but his big, extra profits come from leverage and staying power.  At times Buffet’s portfolio, as all value portfolios, has fallen, but he has been willing and able to wait long periods for the value to reveal itself and prices to recover.

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This chart based on a 45 year portfolio study shows that holding a diversified good value portfolio (based on a  good value strategy) for 13 month’s time, increases the probability of outperformance to 70%.  However those who can hold the portfolio for five years gain a 88% probability of beating the bellwether in the market and after ten years the probability increases to 97.5%.

Time is your friend when you use a good value strategy.  The longer you can hold onto a well balanced good value portfolio, the better the odds of outstanding success.

Learn how much leverage to use.  Leverage is like medicine, the key is dose.  Buffett leverages his portfolio at a ratio of approximately 1.6 to 1.  This rate of expansion by the way is called the “Golden Ratio”.  It is a mathematical formula that controls the growth of most natural things; trees, the shape of leaves, the spiral of shells, as well as the way economies and societies grow.

We’ll sum the strategy, how to leverage cheap, safe, quality stocks and for what period of time based on your circumstances.

Learn to plan in a way so you never run out of money.  The seminar also has a session on the importance of having and sticking to a plan.  See how success is dependent on conviction, wherewithal, and skill to operate with leverage and significant risk.  Learn a three point strategy based on my 50 (almost) years of investing experience combined with wisdom gained from some of the world’s best investment managers and economic mathematical scientists.

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Learn how to put meaning into your investing by creating profitable strategies that combine good value investments with unique, personal goals.

Learn how to span the behavior gap.  Behavior gaps are among the biggest reasons why so many investors fail.  Human evolution makes fear the second most powerful motivator.  (Greed is the third.)  Fear creates investment losses due to behavior gaps.  Fear motivates us more strongly than desire.  By nature investors are risk adverse, when they should embrace risk.  Purpose is the most powerful motivator,  stronger than fear and greed.  One powerful way to overcome the behavior gap is to invest with a purpose.

Combine your needs and capabilities with the secrets and the math of our good value model portfolio.

Share ideas about my good value portfolio.  My personal investment portfolio comes from a continual analysis of international stock markets and a comparison of their value based on current book to price, cash flow to price, earnings to price, average dividend yield, return on equity and cash flow return.

Markets included in this portfolio are:

• Norway
• Australia
• Hong Kong
• Japan
• Singapore
• United Kingdom
• Taiwan
• South Korea
• China

These markets have been chosen based on four pillars of valuation.

• Absolute Valuation
• Relative Valuation
• Current versus Historic Valuation
• Current Relative versus Relative Historic Valuation

Learn how to use Country ETFs to easily construct a diversified, risk-controlled, equally weighted representative country portfolios in all of these good value countries.

To achieve this goal my portfolio consists of Country Index ETFs that track an index of shares in a specific country.  These country ETFs provide diversification into a basket of equities in the good value countries.  The expense ratios for most ETFs are lower than those of the average mutual fund as well so such ETFs provide diversification and cost efficiency.

This is an easy, simple and effective approach to zeroing in on value because little management and guesswork is required.  You are investing in a diversified portfolio of good value indices.  A BUY rating for an index does NOT imply that any stock in that country is an attractive investment, so you do not have to pick and choose shares.  You can invest in the index which is like investing in all the shares in the index.  All you have to do is invest in an ETF that in turn invests passively in all the shares of the index.

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The Test for Low Cost Trading

Research put every part of this portfolio in place, except knowing the best, easiest and least expensive way to buy.  A search for an optimal way to buy and hold boiled down to two methods.  One tactic to test was to use a unique online broker that appeared to offer the lowest cost deal.  The other approach was to use a community bank in Smalltown USA.  The small town bank that I use looks after my 401K trust account and their service is first class.  The benefit of small banks is that they still treat us as a human beings (instead of a number) and when we need, it’s easy to go right to the top to answer a question or get a problem resolved.  There are no call centers and the bank and the person looking after my account is just around the corner.

I created a test to see which offered the least expensive service.

Working with my banker in Smalltown USA,  I created two accounts, one at the online broker and the other at the bank. I placed $40,000 in each.

I set up the order for the country ETFs online, while my trust manager set up orders for the identical amounts of the same shares in his system.  Then we got on the phone, coordinated our timing and on a count of three each pushed the button “BUY”.

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(1) Dollar chart from pricedingold.com

(2) Grandfather Economic Report

 

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USA Today “Nation’s water costs rushing higher”

 

Common Sense Investments in a Common Thought World


We need common sense investments in this Common Thought World that has been turned upside down by accelerating technology and change.

What 44 years of living, investing and doing business around the globe has taught me though is that common sense is never common thought!

Common Thought is what the thundering herd believes…based on what happened in the past.

Common Sense dictates that the good investments have never been made before.

I have been investing abroad for decades and I have enjoyed capturing seven common sense trends.

#1: 1970s. Gold & Silver.

#2: 1970s. Japan, Germany, Switzerland, England, Australia and Hong Kong .

#3: 1980s. The Tigers:  Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea & Turkey .

#4: 1990s. South America (which led me to Ecuador ).

#5: 2000s. China, India and Eastern Europe .

#6: Invest in Real Estate Throughout.

#7: Bet Against the US Dollar Throughout.

Yet  at the time these investments were spotted they made no sense at all IF… one was thinking Common Thought.

In the 1970s the idea of investing in Hong Kong was crazy. In the 1990s when I suggested investments in Ecuador… many laughed at Merri and me.

They are not laughing now because when the future becomes the past… Common Sense and Common Thought merge.  Common Thought is the common sense of the past.

Common Sense investing requires new thought!

Yet we cannot divorce ourselves totally from common thought because at times the thinking of the masses drives markets and economies rather than basics and fundamentals.

Let’s take betting against the US dollar as an example.  The dollar has fallen and fallen and fallen. Back when I began, a US dollar bought four Swiss francs.  Recently the greenback would only fetch about .75 francs.  (This is one reason we say not to invest in Swiss francs for safety now.)

There have been times… such as 1980 shown in this chart from Grandfather.com (below) when the dollar strengthened so much it took seven years before it dropped. That’s a terribly long time if you are speculating against the buck.  Long enough in fact to go broke!

The dollar had every reason to go down but economic concerns caused the thundering herd to rush back to the dollar… just as they did in 2008.

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Here are seven ideas we’ll cover in the investing session.

Common Sense Investing Idea #1:  Expect a rebound in the US dollar in 2012.

A look at what we’ll cover in the investing session of our February 10,11, 12 2012 Quantum Thinking + Investing & Business Seminar in Mt. Dora will show how common sense can stray from common thought… but actually does make sense.  The road to profit in investing and business is to get ahead of the crowd.  Buy on the rumour… sell on the news.

Common Sense Investing Idea #2: Major Markets Now Offer Greater Value than Emerging Markets.

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Really… think about this and look at the numbers above.  What most of the establishment calls “emerging markets” have long since emerged.  Is China emerging with its 3.5 trillion in reserves and 7.5% per annum growth rate compared to the USA with $149 billion in reserves and a growth rate too low to even mention?

Although all three so called emerging regional indices advanced last quarter: Asia by 3.6 %, Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) by 3.8 % and Latin America by 9.2 %, many of these markets emerged long ago.

It just took most investors an extra decade to catch onto this fact.

In our upside down world (which is the present old common thought that emerging markets are the best value) is outmoded.  The so called major markets now offer equal or better value than major markets.

The numbers below show the average Price to Book Value,  PE Ratio and Return on Earnings of the shares in four Morgan Stanley Capital Indexes.

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For the past two decades emerging market shares have been considerably better value than major markets with lower prices to book and  much better price earnings ratios.   The numbers above show that this is no longer the case and recent scares in Europe have made the equity values in Europe look even better.

Plus the US stock market may now offer one of the best places to buy.  The USA is still by far the largest economy and its demographics are much more geared for growth than Europe or Japane.  Plus US companies are lean mean profit generating machines now… as attested to the 14.7% return on earnngs figure above.

Our February investing sessions will look at potential US stock winners in 2012.

We’ll also see that Europe offers the best value of all for equities.  Problems in Japan and Europe create extreme value in both areas. Our reveiws will pull apart the bargains  in the  top six “Buy”-rated markets: Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and Norway at equal weights.

Which portfolio would you rather have?

An implicit projection by Keppler Asset Management shows how much we should expect the Equally-Weighted World Index to rise over the next three to five years, 17.6%.   Shares in the European index are available at a 10% discount over the World Index.

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A look at the Irish Stock Exchange ISEQ General Index shows how shares can suddenly recover after investors panic.   The market turned gloomy over Ireland in mid 2011 and fled this market.

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When this panic created over the top value in Irish equities, common sense finally prevailed… investors rushed back in and the market causing share prices to rapidly rise.

Irish ETF

iShares ETF managers offers the MSCI Ireland Capped Investable Market Index Fund (Symbol EIRL NYSE) U.S.-listed ETF which provides exposure to the Irish economy.

EIRL is linked to the MSCI Ireland Investable Market 25/50 Index, a benchmark that is designed to measure the performance of stocks in the top 99% by market capitalization of equity securities listed on stock exchanges in Ireland.  The index consisted of appx. 20 securities, with large allocations to the materials (25%), consumer staples (23%), and industrials (18%) sectors.  Large holdings include CRH PLC, an Irish building materials group, the food company Kerry Group (11%) and drug development firm Elan Corporation (9%).

That idea wasn’t too ahead of itself was it?  So let’s take the plunge and go right past the Vietnam .com bubble.  Let’s look at why we are starting to expand our internet marketing now in China and Singapore (we’ll look at Nhom-Mua and Muachung two of Groupon’s Vietnam clones as well as China’s Baidu and Tencent in the business sessions of the seminar) and go to three ideas that will get many laughing again.

Common Sense Investing Idea #3:  Three New Emerging Markets

We will not abandon the so called emerging markets mentioned above and will review the top value emerging markets:  Brazil, China, Czech Republic, Egypt, Hungary, Poland, Russia, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey.

Then we’ll focus on three new emerging markets: Cuba, Scotland & North Korea!

Cuba: Almost a decade ago I wrote Ecuador was a great place to invest:

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Our farm in Ecuador we bought in 1999.
One of my messages back then said: 60 million baby boomers will begin to retire in just a few years. Many of their pensions and social security will be severely squeezed by inflation, leaving these people with one of five options.

#1: Keep working
#2: Move to less expensive areas within the US
#3: Export their retirement
#4: Live in near poverty
#5: Die

This is why I also believe in Ecuador. Imagine this. 60 million boomers will retire over the next 20 years. We boomers are the most spoiled group of consumers as a demographic class that has ever existed on earth. We were promised the world. We were given the world. Now the magic is about to disappear.

Assume that 10% of these will decide to move to less expensive countries. That’s 6 million people. Where is the most likely place to go? Eastern Europe offers great potential but is a long distance from the US.

Canada is out…too expensive and too cold. Most people will head south.

Mexico stands to be #1, but prices there are rising quickly and there is a lot of anti-gringo sentiment. After all there have been numerous Mexican-American wars. The building of a fence across the border will not help either. Yet it’s still probably the place that will benefit the most due to location.

The low end Caribbean is also good except for those darn hurricanes that will put lots of people off…plus many water and transportation problems and the fact that few of the islands have a real infrastructure.

Panama is good…lots of English spoken, many Yanks already there, but weather is lousy if you want to be in town (hot and humid) and prices are no longer low. Ditto for Costa Rica. Central America lacks infrastructure though there are some nice gringo settlements though they are expensive. Colombia is the first nation with a progressive economy and full infrastructure after Panama and Mexico. This could be a wonderful place but security will stop most from going there. If the security/drug/crime issues are resolved and image cleans up…go buy in Colombia. This will be a great opportunity.

Cuba. When this opens it will be the best.  A great place to buy when you can assume there will be no negative political circumstances.

Since that time I have been watching Cuba and the time to start is NOW.

Cuba is already Canada’s #1 tourist destination.  The US State department is already letting tour operators take Americans on tour in Cuba.  The Cuban government has started to open up capitalism and the ability to sell private goods and property.

Now is the time to start learning!

Scotland: Scotland’s first minister, Alex Salmond, announced plans to hold an independence referendum in the autumn of 2014.  This may seem surprising to many but certainly is not a new idea.  The origins of the independence movement in Scotland began almost as soon as the unification with England took place in 1707.

At the time, the view was that Scotland was in desperate need of financial support, but opponents of the move were outraged by claims that the Scots who put their names to the Act of Union were bribed.  Scotland’s Bard, Robert Burns, famously wrote: “We are bought and sold for English gold. Such a parcel of rogues in a nation.”

In 1934, the Scottish National Party (SNP) who supports independence began.

What makes these times different is that after decades of ups-and downs, the SNP won its first election in 2007 and then won again, in 2011.

Let me add here that Scotland is already a good place to invest.

Scotland provides educational excellence with top notch universities.  University of Edinburgh is regarded as one of the most prestigious universities in the world. The university is ranked 6th and 7th in Europe according to the 2011 QS and Times Higher Education Ranking.

Scotland is well known for scientific success.  Scotland has two of the top 10 best scientific institutions in the world for scientists to work in according to The Scientist, 2011 and a strong tradition of creativity, ingenuity and invention. Scots pioneered MRI scanning, the ATM, golf, Dolly the Sheep, television and penicillin.

Scotland offers higher returns.  Scotland is one of the most cost-effective regions in the UK…. 30 percent more cost-effective to set up and run a facility here.  Leading international companies, such as Amazon, Mitsubishi Power Systems, Barclays, Blackrock and Gamesa chose Scotland to expand their operations.

The difference is that there is a much higher chance of a yes vote for Scottish independence and no one knows  exactly how events would then unfold. The likely timescale from a “Yes” vote to full independence would be lengthy providing ripe opportunity for investors and business who stayed tuned to the change.

North Korea:  Perhaps the most laughable of all?  Laughing all the way to bank in ten or 15 years… yes.

North Korea’s population rose to 24.2 million in 2010 from 24.1 million in 2009, about half of South Korea. Inter-Korean trade rose 13.9 percent from a year earlier to $1.9 billion last year.

South Korea plans to set up a fund to raise as much as 55 trillion won to pay for eventual reunification with North Korea, Unification Minister Yu Woo Ik said in an interview with Bloomberg last October.

China’s trade with North Korea has more than doubled since 2006, and Beijing’s investment in North Korea and in Chinese border infrastructure has been rising.

North Korea sells commodities such as copper, coal and iron ore to China. By some estimates, China now accounts for more than 70% of North Korea’s foreign trade, with Russia believed to account for most of the rest.

China has been pouring money into the border area over the past two years in a bid to encourage North Korea to launch Chinese-style market reforms, analysts say.

North Korea’s trade expanded more than 20 percent in 2010 to $6.1 billion on growing business with China.

Chinese, South Korean and about 30 European companies are now operate in North Korea.  The first investments will be in these firms.

China agreed during senior-level talks last year to make investments totaling US$10 billion to build railways, housing and other infrastructure.

China and North Korea are now allowing Chinese group tours to North Korea.

China will invest 45 billion yuan ($7.1 billion) over the next five years to expand Dandong Port, a key trade link to isolated North Korea.

Dandong, which lies on the North Korean border, will be able to handle more than 100 million tonnes of freight annually once the expansion is complete, compared with 60 million tonnes at present, the report said, citing a government statement.

Firms in our Research Now

The International Passenger Transport Company of the Port of Dandong Group. Established in July 1998. It mainly transports the passengers and small pieces of goods from Dandong, China to Inchon, Korea. It is a key opening up the windows of Dandong City. Its annual passenger handling capacity and the economic benefit always rank top places among the 12 national routes to Korea.

dandong
Wanxiang Group Mining.  North Korea’s mineral reserves are valued at 6 trillion.

Yanbian Tianyu International Trade Company, special economic zones and casino in North Korea. They managed the  inaugural Yanji – Hunchun – North Korean Luoxian – Mount Kumgang tourism line and its maiden voyage with over 130 tourists.  This maiden voyage took place August 29 to September 2, 2012 from Yanji, via China’s Quanhe River Port and North Korea’s Yuantingli Port, to Luoxian City, and then rode North Korea’s Wanjingfeng Cruise straight to Mount Kumgang.  Then they visited Jiulong Yuan, Hai Jingang, Wanwu Xiang, Sanri Pu and other attractions in Mount Kumgang North Korea.

Orascom Telcom. Egypt’s phone company that is building a 3G mobile phone network.

France’s La Farge. Cement maker owns 30% of a North Korean cement factory with 3,000 employees.

German outsourcer, Nosotek does North Korean computer programming.

Swedish Noko makes jeans in North Korea.

Nine Mode… Men’s Shirts.

Common Sense Investing Idea #4:  Invest in Canada for Growth and Safety
You may not be laughing so much now, but be aware that taking early risks in new pioneer markets like this requires a balancing act with investments in safe economies like Canada as well.  So we’ll look at Canadian investment opportunities also.

Canada has economically outperformed most industrialized countries during these recent difficult years for the global economy.

Forbes magazine “ranks Canada as the best place on the planet for businesses to grow and create jobs.” The OECD and the IMF predict Canada’s economy will again be among the leaders of the industrialized world over the next two years.

For the fourth year in a row, this body, the World Economic Forum, says that Canadian bg anks are the soundest in the world.

Canada has sound fundamentals… the lowest overall tax rate on new business investment…. and the lowest net debt-to-GDP ratio in the G-7  by far.

Canada is also one of only two G-7 countries that has recouped all of the jobs lost during the 2007-2008 global recession.

The Upcoming February investing sessions will include Canadian bonds, shares and ETFs that invest in Canada.

Common Sense Investing Idea #5: Choose Bonds Over Shares Whenever You Can.

Long term readers at this site have known about the potential in bonds and value for many years and reviewing great bond deals is a major part of our seminars.

A January 5, 2012 USA Today article entitled: “Why are bonds outperforming stocks over long term?” by Matt Krantz confirms what we have shared when it said:  Despite a reputation for being a slow-growing alternative to stocks for the risk-averse, bonds just passed stocks’ long-term performance over the past 30 years.
Given the rally in bonds in 2011, it might not be surprising that the Ibbotson Associates SBBI bonds index, a broad bond measure, returned 28% last year, crushing the 2.1% return of the Standard & Poor’s 500 including dividends. The bond index also topped stocks for the past 10 and 20 years.

What’s more surprising, though, since it contradicts the widespread belief that stocks beat bonds, is that the Ibbotson Associates SBBI bond index has returned 11.03% a year on average over the past 30 years, edging out the 10.98% return of stocks.
Bonds’ impressive run is being powered by several factors, including:

•Distrust of the stock market’s future. An entire class of investors is rattled by a dismal decade for stocks, including double-digit losses in four separate years since 2000, says Bill Larkin of Cabot Money Management. “People are looking at the (stock market) and seeing the casino component,” he says. “They’ve taken big hits.”

•Search for investment income. Aging Americans nearing or in retirement are deciding they crave steady income and don’t have the stomach for stocks’ higher volatility, Winans says.

•Historic declines in interest rates and inflation. The continual movement down in interest rates and inflation the past 30 years has been a boon for bonds, which rise in price as interest rates fall, says Charles Crane of Douglass Winthrop Advisors.

It would be a mistake to assume that bonds’ strong run over the 30 years is destined to repeat, says Mark Hebner of Index Funds Advisors. Bonds have had stock-beating periods before, but stocks, over the very long term, still have beaten bonds, he says.

Choosing bonds over shares does not mean just invest in plain Jane bonds.  This means to look for bonds that perform like shares and the bonds to find now are long bonds. This once again upsets common thought which is… in risky times… get short term bonds.  Now times are so risky that short bonds have the greatest risk and no yield. Long bonds are more likely to weather any 2012 storms and pay really nice yields plus extra forex potential now.

Here are a few of the bond blocks we’ll review and update at the upcoming seminar:

HUF HUNGARYGOVT    6,500 24-06-2019 Ba1 BB+  8,76

TRY INTBKRECON&DEV 13,625  09-05-2017 Aaa AAA 7,61

RUB RUSSIA-EUROBOND 7,850 2 10-03-2018 Baa1 BBB+ 7,08

ZAR REPSOUTHAFRICA 10,500 21-12-2026 A3 A 8,21

BRL    BRAZIL REP 12,500 05-01-2022    Baa2 BBB    8,56

MXN MEXICANBONOS 10,000 05-12-2024 Baa1 A-  6,22

AUD EUROPEANINVTBK 6,125  23-01-2017 Aaa AAA 5,99

This portfolio yields 7.49%

USD INDONESIA(REP) 5,875  13-03-2020 Baa3 BB+  3,72

USD TURKEY REP OF 5,125  25-03-2022 Ba2    BB  7,66

USD SOUTH AFRICA 5,875 2 30-05-2022 A3 BBB+ 4,19

USD UKRAINE GOVT 7,950  23-02-2021 B2 B+ 9,45

This portfolio yields 5.14%

AUD EUROPEANINVTBK 6,125  23-01-2017 Aaa AAA 5,99

NZD KFW 6,375   17-02-2015 Aaa AAA 3,59

CAD CANADA-GOV’T 4,250  01-06-2018 Aaa AAA 1,55

USD UKRAINE GOVT 7,950  23-02-2021 B2 B+ 9,45

This portfolio yields 5.41%

EUR PORTUGUESEOT’S 4,750  14-06-2019 Ba2 BB 17,00

EUR IRISH GOVT 4,500  18-04-2020 Ba1 BBB+  6,75

EUR SPANISHGOV’T 4,000  30-04-2020 A1 A  4,49

This portfolio yields 9.41%

In the seminar we look at a mix and match bond tactic so investors can learn how to match the best combo to their own investing.  Then we examine Bond ETFs that allow even small investors to gain this added income.

See more about why bonds have performed better than shares at Buy Better Bonds

Common Sense Investing Idea #6:  Bet Against the Swiss franc

Are most investors 52 days from disaster?

Fed charts

The peak in this chart… shows a risk that could come this year… by March 20, 2012… 52 from now.  See more at Are we 52 days from Disaster?

Common Sense Investing Idea #7: Invest in the Green Revolution, Water, Agriculture and Food.

This idea stems from where does one store value in this time when so many traditional stores of value are at risk?

At this upcoming seminar, we’ll see why necessity is always a good place to store value… food clothing and shelter.

Invest in Water

We’ll look at eleven multi currency investments in water because the root of all three of our basics  is water.  Water investments offer great potential. This does not negate the need to suit such investments to your needs.

While the world’s population tripled in the 20th century, the use of renewable water resources has grown six-fold. Within the next fifty years, the world population will increase by another 40% to 50%.  This population growth – coupled with added water demand per person from industrialization and urbanization – will result in an increasing demand for water.

Yet the world may be entering an era of less water!

An August 22, 2011 article in Time Magazine  entitled “Parched Earth” by Bryan Walsh says:  Hurricanes announce themselves on radar screens before slamming into an unlucky coast. Tornadoes strike with little warning, but no one can doubt what’s going on the moment a black funnel cloud touches down. If we’re lucky, a tsunami offers a brief tip-off — the unnatural sight of the ocean swiftly retreating from the beach — before it cuts a swath of death and destruction.

But a drought is different. It begins with a few dry weeks strung end to end, cloudless skies and hot weather. Lawns brown as if toasted, and river and lake levels drop, like puddles drying after the rain. Farmers worry over wilting crops as soil turns to useless dust. But for most of us, life goes on as normal, the dry days in the background — until one moment we wake up and realize we’re living through a natural crisis.

This summer the python has gripped much of the southern U.S., from the burned fringes of Arizona — singed by massive wildfires — to usually swampy Georgia. Hardest hit is Texas, which is suffering through the worst one-year drought on record, receiving an average of just 6.53 in. (17 cm) of rain so far this year, well off the 34 in. (86 cm) it receives over a normal 12 months. At the end of July, a record-breaking 12% of the continental U.S. was in a state of “exceptional drought” — the most severe ranking given by the National Drought Mitigation Center. More than 2 million acres (809,000 hectares) of farmland in Texas have been abandoned, and streets are cracking as trees desperately draw the remaining moisture from the ground. Taps are dry in one North Texas town.

And there’s evidence — when it comes to rainfall, at least — that the good years we’ve enjoyed in the past may have been more of an aberration than we realize. The Southwest in particular has a history over the past two millennia of severe droughts that lasted for decades; deeper in the geologic past, dust bowls endured for centuries. Just as worrying, climate change is expected to further dry out much of the region, multiplying the impact of population growth and expanding demand for water. What the South is facing may be not just a drought but the first signs of a permanent dry, one to which we’ll need to adapt — if we can.

This article was accompanied by a 17 Photo Essay “Picturing the American Drought” by George Steinmet

dry lake

This, one of 17, photo entitled “The Island,” shows a resort on Lake Travis, that is normally a peninsula surrounded almost completely by water. All the photos are linked below.

One More Vital point About Investments and Water.

The United Nations Water agency UNwater.org says:  A Drought in Your Portfolio?

The World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP) participated in the EIRIS conference on global water risk research. The conference explored the investment case for considering the risks and opportunities arising from water scarcity as part of a wider sustainable investment strategy, and heralded the launch of the EIRIS’ Global Water Risk report.

The report shows that out of the 2000 global companies analysed 54% are exposed to water risks but take little or no action to mitigate them, and approximately half show no evidence of any management response to water risks whatsoever.

So when thinking about any investment, look at the water element… this is becoming a necessity that can help your future from becoming all wet!

At our next International Investing & Business Seminar, we will look at eleven ways to profit from investing and business in water agriculture and food.

What an incredible place we are in!  The present screaming so quickly from the past and dragging us often screaming and stressed into the future.  Join Merri and me and our host of expert speakers as we examine ways to make the here and now and our future not only exciting but prosperous and safe by simply applying Common Sense.

Join us for our Quantum Thinking + Investing & Business Seminar February 10, 11, 12, 2012 Mt. Dora, Florida.

Gary

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The Huge 2019 Risk

Here is a huge risk that could explode in 2019.

I hope I am wrong… but the numbers are clear.

According to Treasurydirect.com, (1) as of December 27, 2018 the cost of interest on the total US public debt of $21,845,329,154,412.01.  Tht’s 23 trillion and 845 billion dollars.

This is not a theoretical problem for the future.  This is not something that our children and grandchildren will have to deal with.  This is a problem in the here and now for you and me.

Rising interest rates create a massive problem for every American.

US debt

The good news is I sent a note like this last year ad I was wrong.

Last year when I sent that note the debt was $20,467,375,664,755.32 (20 trillion+).  The debt has increased almost 1.4 trillion dollars in 2018.

This is good news and bad… the rock and the hard spot.  The bad news is that the rock (US federal debt) is getting bigger….harder to miss.  The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) projected in 2010 (the debt then was a bit over 14 trillion then) that, under law at that time, debt held by the public would exceed $16 trillion by 2020, reaching nearly 70 percent of GDP.

The $5 Trillion Error.

They sure goofed on that.  Here we are… only in 2019 and debt has shot past 21 trillion.

How could the CBO be so wrong? 

The CBO screwed up because they could never imagine that the Fed would push interest rates so low… and keep them there.  The interest rates are so low that the government has been able to borrow more than imagined and still afford the interest.

For example, US Federal government interest last year amounted to around $483 billion on the 20 trillion of debt.  Yet in 2008 on debt of only $9,229,172,659,218.31 (9 trillion +) the interest that year was $451,154,049,950.63 (451 billion +).

Interest payments in 2017 were 7% higher than they were in 2008.  Yet the debt is over 100% higher.  

Very low interest rates have helped the government borrow.  Low interest has also helped the US stocks reach all time high prices.

Now US dollar interest rates are rising.  In 2018 the interest costs were 8.2% higher than in 2017.   Yet the debt increase was only 6.7%.

The government will resist raising rates because it will ruin their budget, cause a collapse of the stock markets and destroy the US dollar.

Here is the very hard spot.  

Rising interest rates, will create an almost unimaginable debt crisis.  If government interest goes to 6% it is like the $20+ trillion national debt  rising to 40 trillion!  Unless there are some huge tax increase the interest payments are not sustainable.

A tax increase?  Last year’s tax act reduced, not increased, revenue.

Learn how to have more freedom and time, less stress, better health care, extra income, greater safety and profit in your savings despite America’s deficits, debt and currency risk.

Fortunately there are secrets that will allow a few to live much better, free of debt and worry despite the decline in the dollar’s purchasing power.   My wife, Merri and I, have traveled, lived, worked and invested around the world for nearly 50 years to gain this information.

Let me share the basics of this data and how we can be of help through 2018.

The first fact behind this secret is that things are really good in the western world.  Despite many problems, we are surrounded by more abundance and greater opportunity than almost anyone has ever enjoyed, anywhere, ever.   To enjoy a fair share of this wealth, all we have to do is understand human nature and learn how to invest in the new economy, as it changes and becomes new, again and again.

Merri and I have made seven huge transitions in the 50 years.  Each has allowed us to always stay ahead of losses that the majority of Americans suffer.  We are in another transition right now and want to share why and what to do so you can stay ahead and live a richer, independent life through 2019 and beyond.

A falling US dollar is one of the greatest risks we have to our independence, safety, health, and wealth, but also brings a window of huge profit as I explain below.   Though the greenback has been strong for a number of years, its strength is in serious jeopardy.  The growing federal deficits increase the national debt and this with rising interest rates propels a growing debt service.

While the Dow Jones Industrial Average passed 25,000, the U.S. national debt passed the $20 trillion mark.

The problem is that the Dow will come back down.  National debt will not fall.

The double shock of money fleeing Wall Street and US debt skyrocketing, will destroy the purchasing power of the greenback.

Go to the store even now.  Statistics say inflation is low, but buy some bread or, heaven forbid, some fresh vegetables like peppers or fruit.   Look at the cost of your prescription or hospital bills.  Do something simple like have your car serviced at an auto dealer.  Look at the dollars you spend and you’ll see what I mean.

The loss of the dollar’s purchasing power erodes our independence, our freedom and our savings and wealth as well. 

At the same time, low interest rates by big banks and higher health care costs soak up the ever diminishing income and savings we have left.  According to a Gallup poll, the most unpopular three institutions in America are big corporations & Wall Street banks, HMOs and Congress.

Yet there is little we can do because these institutions are in control.

Over the last 50 years the average income for 90 percent of the American population fell.  Our health system is restricted by a Kafka-esque maze of legislation and insurance regulations that delay, frustrate, and thwart attempts by patients and doctors from proper medical care.  Big banks and corporations restrict our freedom of choice.  The business customer relationships are no longer transactions between free equals.

Banks can trap us in indebtedness at every age from student loans to mortgages to health care costs.  They pay almost nothing on our savings.  They hide unexpected fees and payments in complex and unreadable documents.  Banks and big corporations routinely conceal vital information in small print and then cheat.  Weak regulations and lax enforcement leave consumers with few ways to fight back.  Many of these businesses ranging from cable TV to phone and internet service to health insurance have virtual monopolies that along with deceptive marketing destroys any form of free market.

These same companies control the credit-scoring agencies so if  we don’t pay unfair fees, our credit scores will plunge and we could lose the ability to borrow money, rent an apartment, even to get a job.  Many consumers are forced to accept “arbitration clauses” in lieu of  legal rights.  The alternative is to lose banking, power, and communication services.

Big business has also usurped our privacy.  Internet companies sell our personal data.  Personal information is pulled from WiFi and iPhones track and store our movements.  The government can access this information, sometimes without subpoenas.  There’s a lot that we don’t know, often withheld under the guise of “National Security.”

The glow on Western democratic capitalism has dimmed… or so it seems.  The US, leading the way, is still a superpower with economic, innovation and military might, but the institutions that should serve the people have become flawed or broken.

America’s infrastructure is in shambles.  The nation’s bridges are crumbling, many water systems are filled with toxins, yet instead of spending more to fix this, we build more prisons.  The 2.2 million people currently in  jail is a 500 percent increase over the past thirty years.  60% of the inmates belong to ethnic groups.  Not just non-white ethnic groups are suffering.  Annual death rates are falling for every group except for middle-aged white Americans.  Death rates are rising among this group driven by an epidemic of suicides and afflictions stemming from substance abuse, alcoholic liver disease and overdoses of heroin and prescription opioids.

America’s middle class is shrinking.  Nearly  half of America’s income goes to upper-income households now.  In 1970 only 29 percent went to this group.  How can we regain our freedom, our happiness and our well being in such a world?

What can we do?

Gain a better, freer life is to combine better health, higher income and greater savings for a happier, more resilient lifestyle. 

Merri and I will celebrate our 50th year of global living, working, investing and researching to find and share ideas on how to have simpler, low stress, healthier, more affluent lifestyles.  Our courses, reports and email messages look at ways to gain:

#1:  Global micro business income.

#2:  Low cost, natural health.

#3:  Safer, more profitable, investments that take little time or cost to buy and hold… so you can focus on earning more instead

Many readers use our services for just one of these three benefits.  They focus only on health or on earning more or on better, easier investing.

28 years ago Merri and I created the International Club as a way for readers to join us and be immersed in all three of these benefits.   The International Club is a year long learning program aimed at helping members earn worry free income, have better affordable good health and gain extra safety and profits with value investments.

Join us for all of 2019 NOW.

The three disciplines, earning, health and investing, work best when coordinated together.  Regretfully the attacks on our freedom are realities of life.  There is little we can do to change this big picture.  However we can change how we care for our health, how we earn and how we save so that we are among the few who live better despite the dollar’s fall.

We start with better lower cost health care.

Club membership begins by sharing ways to be free of the “Secret Hospital Charge Master”.   Just as governments hide truth behind “National Security”, big health care businesses hide medical truths behind “Charge masters”.  Most hospital charge masters are secret because big business does not want us to know how much hospital costs have risen.  Motivations beyond our good health, like corporate greed, want to keep us in the dark about health care cost.

Despite rising health care costs, a report from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention shows that hospitals are the last place we want to be for good health.  One report shows that hospital-acquired infections alone kills 57% more Americans every year than all car accidents and falls put together.

Often, what patients catch in the hospital can be worse than what sent them there.  Governments and health care agencies agree  – antibiotic resistance is a “nightmare.”  An antibiotic-resistant bacteria may be spreading in more hospitals than patients know.  About one in every 25 hospitalized patients gets an infection and a report from the Journal of Patient Safety showed that medical errors are the third-leading cause of death in the country.

Along with the risk of hospital acquired illness and medical errors, the second huge threat to our well being… is health care costs, especially at hospitals.  This is why charge masters are so often secret.  There are few risks to our wealth that are greater than a hospital stay.

I have created three natural health reports are about:

#1: Nutrition

#2: Purification

#3: Exercise

Each report is available for $19.95.  However you’ll receive this free as club member and save $59.85.

Club members also receive seven workshops and courses on how earn everywhere with at home micro businesses.  We call this our “Live Well and Free Anywhere Program”.   The program contains a series of courses and reports that show ways to earn and be free. These courses and reports are:

  • “International Business Made EZ”
  • “Self Fulfilled – How to Write to Sell”
  • Video Workshop by our webmaster David Cross,
  • The entire weekend “Writer’s Camp” in MP3
  • The report “How to Raise Money Abroad”
  • Report and MP3 Workshop “How to Gain Added Success With Relaxed Concentration”
  • The course “Event-Full – How to Earn Conducting Seminars and Tours”

This program is offered at $299, but is available to you as a club member free.  You save $299 more.

Next, club members participate in an intensive program called the Purposeful investing Course (Pi).  The purpose of Pi is finding value investments that increase safety and profit.  Learn Slow, Worry Free, Good Value Investing.

Stress, worry and fear are three of an investor’s worst enemies.  These destroyers of wealth can create a Behavior Gap, that causes investors to underperform in any market good or bad.  The behavior gap is created by natural human responses to fear.  Pi helps create profitable strategies that avoid losses from this gap.

Lessons from Pi are based on the creation and management of a Primary Pi Model Portfolio, called the Pifolio.  There are no secrets about this portfolio except that it ignores the stories from economic news (often created by someone with vested interests) and is based mainly on good math that reveals the truth through financial news.

The Pifolio is a theoretical portfolio of MSCI Country Benchmark Index ETFs that cover all the good value markets using my 50 years of global experience and my study of the analysis of four mathematical investing geniuses (and friends).

There are seven layers of tactics in the Pi strategy.

Pi Tactic #1: Determine purpose and good value.

Pi Tactic #2: Diversify 70% to 80% of portfolio equally in good value developed markets.

Pi Tactic #3: Invest 20% to 30% equally in good value emerging markets.

Pi Tactic  #4:  Use trending algorithms to buy sell or hold these markets.

Pi Tactic  #5:  Add spice speculating with ideal conditions.

Pi Tactic  #6: Add spice speculating with leverage.

Pi Tactic  #7:  Add spice speculating with forex potential.

The Pifolio analysis begins with a continual research of international major stock markets that compares their value based on:

#1:  Current book to price

#2:  Cash flow to price

#3:  Earnings to price

#4:  Average dividend yield

#5:  Return on equity

#6:  Cash flow return

#7:  Market history

We combine the research of several brilliant mathematicians and money managers with my years of investing experience.

This is a complete and continual study of what to do about the movement of international major and emerging stock markets.  I want to share this study throughout the next year with you.

This analysis forms the basis of a Good Value Stock Market Strategy.  The analysis is rational, mathematical and does not worry about short term ups and downs.  This strategy is easy for anyone to follow and use.  Pi reveals the best value markets and provides contacts to managers and analysts and Country Index ETFs so almost anyone can create and follow their own strategy.

The costs are low and this type of ETF is one of the hardest for institutions to cheat.  Expense ratios for most ETFs are lower than those of the average mutual fund.  Little knowledge, time, management or guesswork are required.  The investment is simply a diversified portfolio of good value indices.  Investments in an index are like investments in all the shares of a good value market.

Pi opens insights to numerous long term cycles that most investors miss because they have not been investing long enough to see them.

The Pi subscription is normally $99 per annum but as a club member you receive Pi at no charge and save an additional $99.

Profit from the US dollar’s fall.

In the 1980s, a remarkable set of two economic circumstances helped anyone who spotted them become remarkably rich.  Some of my readers made enough to retire.  Others picked up 50% currency gains.  Then the cycle ended.  Warren Buffett explained the importance of this ending in a 1999 Fortune magazine interview.  He said:  Let me summarize what I’ve been saying about the stock market: I think it’s very hard to come up with a persuasive case that equities will over the next 17 years perform anything like—anything like—they’ve performed in the past 17!

Club members receive a report about opportunity in the  current strength of the US dollar is a second remarkable similarity to 30 years ago.   The dollar rose along with Wall Street.  Profits came quickly over three years.  Then the dollar dropped like a stone, by 51%  in just two years.  A repeat of this pattern is growing and could create up to 50% extra profit if we start using strong dollars to accumulate good value stock market ETFs in other currencies.

This is the most exciting opportunity I have seen since we started sending our reports on international investing ideas more than three decades ago.  The trends are so clear that I created a short, but powerful report “Three Currency Patterns for 50% Profits or More.”   This report shows how to earn an extra 50% from currency shifts with even small investments.  I kept the report short and simple, but included links to 153 pages of  Good Value Stock Market research and Asset Allocation Analysis.

The report shows 20 good value investments and a really powerful tactic that shows the most effective and least expensive way to accumulate these bargains in large or even very small amounts (less than $5,000).  There is extra profit potential of at least 50% so the report is worth a lot.

This report sells for $29.95 but when you become a club member you receive the report, “Three Currency Patterns For 50% Profits or More” FREE.

Plus get the $39.99 report, “The Platinum Dip 2019” free.

With investors watching global stock markets bounce up and down, many missed two really important profit generating events.  The price of silver dipped below $14 an ounce as did shares of the iShares Silver ETF (SLV).   The second event is that the silver gold ratio hit 80 and has remained near this level, compared to a range of the 230s only two years ago.

Now there is a new distortion ready to ripen in the year ahead.

These two events are a strong sign to invest in precious metals.

I prepared a special report “Platinum Dip 2019”.   The report explains the exact conditions you need to make leveraged precious metal speculations that can increase the returns in a safe portfolio by as much as eight times.  The purpose of the report is to share long term lessons about speculating in precious metals gained through 30 years of speculating and investing in gold and silver.

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Multi Currency Investment Bargains


The current market turmoil is creating some incredible multi currency investment bargains.

These charts from www.finance.yahoo.com 4pm yesterday show why…

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the five year US dollar Swiss franc chart from www.finance.yahoo illustrates why the Swiss franc is not a bargain to buy now.

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www.finance.yahoo.com 5 day chart of Dow Jones industrial average.

 

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Here is the five year Dow Jones chart for perspective.

Panic in financial market creates opportunity and three really good potentials are developing.  These are opportunities  in equitiesreal estate and bonds.
One of my financial advisers wrote:
 The bond market is still OK, selling prices are a bit down – at the moment, who knows what is next.  It is difficult to have ideas to purchase anything at the moment – but on the long term it is a good time to buy in the equity market.

Prices of Gold and Swiss franc are much too high, and do not cover any real value. To invest here now might be the most risky business of all. The industrial side of gold is more or less dead. And the Swiss have great problems with their currency being so strong.  The Swiss franc has appreciated 50% against the US dollar the last five years. This is very difficult for Swiss business.

Warren Buffett once wrote to his shareholders, “we have usually made our best purchases when apprehensions about some macro event were at a peak“.

This cleansing could be a really good one  for a special reason… because for the first time in many decades, the market is not expecting governments to bail them out.   This is a huge fundamental difference between the financial crisis of three years ago and the current balancing.

The 2008 crash started at the bottom and rose up.   Bad value real estate pricing distorted the Wall Street equity market. The credit-rating firms badly misjudged the risk and this led to a collapse that caused the recession.

The current drop instead comes because the investment world finally accepts that Governments around the world can no longer gain access to unlimited amounts of money to stimulate their economies.

Simply put the old system has lost the trust of the business and financial communities.

This realization that stimulus is just added government debt has kept private sector investment down, led to high unemployment and slow growth.

In this recession there is no deleveraging. This has already taken place. Instead companies are loaded with cash and private debt has been reduced.

This has left consumption low but creates a platform for a sudden correction when prices drop so low the values attract all the cash that is laying around.

In 2008 everyone looked for governments to provide liquidity into the economy.  Now this is not expected.  Liquidity is not low. U.S. companies have record piles of cash.

Instead this is a loss of confidence in the system… in the banks and governments’ ability to boost economic growth.

The concepts of stimulus that have been used for decades simply won’t work this time round.  The reality is that, unlike 2008, governments’ money is no good in today’s over borrowed economy.

These days, large companies are frowning all the way to the bank, depositing excess funds in safe-but-idle accounts, as shown by Bank of New York’s unprecedented move last week to charge companies to park their cash in its vaults.

Sell offs always overdo so at some point equities will be good enough that investors will begin to buy. The sharp rally at the end of yesterday bouyed only by a Fed promise to keep low interest rates suggests that the market expects this to happen quickly.

Look for value shares.

The real answer is for U.S and European politicians to introduce the fiscal and labor reforms that will restart demand and investment growth. Look for this but do not expect too much too soon.

Look for bond values created by wide spreads.  These bond calculations were sent to me yesterday by Jyske Global Asset Management (JGAM).

Bond spreads rose to 5% and 6% today. That means if you bought a bond today for $10,000 and resold it immediately you would lose $500 or $600.  However if the bonds are purchased and held to maturity that spread matters not.

These spreads push the bond prices down and add to the opportunity.  Here are five buy recommendations from JGAM yesterday.

The expected return (second to last figure) is calculated on 1 year’s basis, takes the development of the currency into consideration, so if the yield on a USD bond is 3% and the expectation is that USD will drop 5% against the EUR over the next 12 month the expected return will be 8%. Thus this figure is just an estimate.

All the bonds below are denominated in euro and the  return is calculated based on the expected rise of the euro versus the danish kroner not the US dollar.

Take the Bombadier Bond as an example.  The annual interest you receive is 7.1% and if the spread narrows the bond could be sold for a profit. However if the bond is held to 2021… you would receive that 7.1% every year and then receive you investment back.

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Real estate prices are already low.  The current fear will soften the market even further.

For more information on bonds American investors should contact Thomas Fischer at fischer@jgam.com

Non Americans contact Rene Mathys at mathys@jbpb.dk

Our analysis of 30 year cycles suggests that the current market correction is almost exactly on time.  The good values created in this downfall could create strong profits in the years ahead.

Gary

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Join Merri and me as we look at ways to fight international investment turmoil in the year ahead.

We have written for many years about many unique products and services that we use. Now we have started a program to help our readers create their own micro business working with these businesses as introducers, dealers and distributors.

This creates a way to earn globally… meeting some great… really unique global businesses tied together with our communication system that can bring all this: training…. communicating and networking.

We are starting with these five businesses first.

#1: Jyske Global Asset Management  (JGAM)
#2: Bio Wash
#3: Candace Newman Essential Oils
#4: Roses
#5: Ecuador Imbabura Export Products

After attending our International Business and investing seminar on October 7-8-9, you will be qualified to enroll for introducer, distributor and dealer programs above and any others we develop. 

Enrolling in any of our online business development courses and attending one seminar provides full qualification to apply for all programs we provide for a year.

I’ll explain the first specific way you can tap into greater power for everlasting health and wealth in a moment.

We provide three e-courses that can help you develop your own micro business that we designed to help you earn anywhere you live in the world.

International Business Made EZ ($299)

Self Fulfilled – How to be a Self Publisher ($499)

Event – Full How to Earn With  Your Own Seminars ($349)

We have started the beta program that can bring you the following benefits:

#1: Connect you via our our online course “International Business Made EZ” to here and now specific business opportunities.

#2: Keep you in touch with other readers in the program, share business tips, ideas contacts and even website support in some instances.

Our first turnkey business program is Jyske global Asset Management because our activities as publishers has a synchronicity with Jyske and JGAM.   We have been able to combine our training, communications and lead generation abilities with their financial organization.

Business is always a little more complicated when it entails financial products so we have created a beta program to develop this system.

An Introducer does not have to be a registered as an investment adviser but JGAM does have a due diligence requirement. JGAM will also expect a certain amount of referrals per year though this amount has not been determined… hence this beta offer.

JGAM pays a percentage of their fee to the Introducer up to a maximum 25% of their fee. This not only offers an excellent income generating opportunity but creates a potential long term income stream because JGAM keeps paying the fee as long as the client remains a client. Fees are paid on a quarterly basis.

There is also potential for growing long term income because JGAM pays the referrer based on the total assets under management.  If a referred client makes additional payments, the referrer will be paid on the total amount.

For example if an referrer refers a client who invests a minimum $100,000 and the annual fee is 2%, the Introducer earns $500 per annum basic fee (as long as the customer remains with JGAM)… plus if the assets grow either through portfolio growth or added deposits… so too does the Introducer’s fee.

We have set our first training JGAM training session for October 10, 2012.

This program will allow subscribers to any of our  online courses who have attended an International Business Made EZ seminar to become Introducers for JGAM.

We have been working with Jyske Bank for over 20 years and Jyske Global Asset Management, a Jyske Bank wholly owned subsidiary. We started talking to Thomas Fischer Senior VP about an referral program for some time.  Finally, we introduced this opportunity for the first time at our June 2011 seminar.  The response was overwhelming.

Jyske Bank employs a staff of about 4,000 and operates 116 Danish branches, which makes it the second largest independent Danish bank. They offer a full range of financial solutions to retail as well as small and medium-sized corporate clients.

We have always liked Jyske because they are one of Europe’s largest currency traders and offer very simple but sophisticated multi currency investing services.  They are one of Europe’s largest currency traders and dealers.

We have especially enjoyed our business relation with Jyske because being open and honest is one of the core values of the bank group. Traditionally, Jyske formulates and communicates its values – and the way they understand and live by them – to the surrounding world. They work hard offering shareholders, customers and employees balanced opportunity.

We especially like the fact that Jyske employees are not paid bonuses.  No multi million pay outs are in the system that might temp staff to distort earnings or take undue risks.

Here is how you can apply for this program.

To start as a referrer,  there is first the compliance process with Jyske Bank.

Once that process is complete, our IBEZ system helps educate and assist referrer.

First… once a referrer has been approved by JGAM, and the referrer has completed our online course International Business Made EZ course and attended one of our  international investing and business seminars they can attend an exclusive training seminar at our farm.

We have a…

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creekside…

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seminar hall where…

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unless the group grows too large, we’ll meet.   We’ll have lunch  on the deck looking over Little Horse Creek.

JGAM and our company conduct this one day intensive training for potential Introducers the day after each International Investing and Business seminar.

The first such seminar will be conducted Monday, October 10, 2011 immediately after our October 7-8-9 International Investing and Business Seminar in West Jefferson, North Carolina.

Part of the JGAM program is designed so we can assist Introducers by referring readers in their locale to them.  So for example if a referrer is in Miami, we will send special emails to our readers in that area, help organize mini seminars… etc.

We can zero in as close as 20 miles to a location so for example we can send a separate email to every reader within 20 miles of the address of an Introducer.  And although we won’t release the names in that area, we can send them a note of the opportunity.

We will also provide a Introducer communication forum and update training as well as portfolio and investing ideas.  We have general plans at this stage but find the best way to develop systems is to refine through action. We expect our beta program this year to clarify how we can best help our readers become Introducers and how we can help them succeed.

Step one is to start the compliance process with JGAM.  Thomas Fischer  can send you the Introducer Questionnaire and Terms of Business.

Thomas Fischer’s email is fischer@jgam.com

This will begin the process of establishing a relationship with JGAM.  Once this relation is approved and verified, then you will be able to enroll in the Introducer training.

You must complete one of the online business development courses above and attend an International Business and Investing Seminar to be eligible for the October training.

All of our readers are invited to enroll in our International Business Made EZ Online Course and our International Business and Investing Seminar at any time.

Satisfaction Guaranteed.  Three Guarantees.

There is no guarantee that JGAM will approve your application as a Introducer just because you enroll in the seminar or take the online course so we make two special guarantees.

First Guarantee. Regarding the online course International Business Made EZ.  Enroll in this course. Take it and if you are not satisfied for any reason within 30 days… let us know and we’ll give you a full refund.

Second Guarantee. Enroll in our October 7-8-9 International Business & Investing Seminar.  I’ll send you a recording of the June seminar now so you better understand what these seminars are and how they help you.  If you are not happy with what you hear, let us know within 30 days and we’ll give you a full refund. You keep the recorded seminar as our thanks.

Third Guarantee.  Your earnings potential has this guarantee.  First, any time between now and October… before you attend the International Business and Investing seminar if you fail to qualify as a JGAM Introducer you can ask for a full refund.

Early enrollment for our October 7-9 North Carolina Course click here for details.